The more things change . . .

. . . the more they stay the same, or so they say. While browsing a secondhand store recently, I bought Sewing Made Easy by Mary Lynch and Dorothy Sara. Originally published in 1950 by Garden City books, it covers such topics as: “How to Fit and Alter Your Pattern”, “Tailoring Tricks”, and “Decorative Stitches” among many others. Yes, some of the methods and terminology used throughout the book are outdated now, but many techniques are similar those shared in popular sewing books today.

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I love the clean lines of fashion and other illustrations from this time period. Things seem much simpler. And even though many of the clothes don’t fit our ideas of comfort today, they remind me of a time when style and putting your best foot forward were important, regardless of how much money you had.

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Love the details on the hats above. I wish there were places to wear hats like these today.

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Girls’ dresses always had poofy skirts. The boys’ clothing is some of the first I’ve come across in vintage sewing books.

There is also an attention to detail; check out this page (one of several) on different types of buttons:

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Two of the more timely topics that I intend to explore soon: “Taking Care of Your Clothes” and “Remodeling Your Clothes”—proof that thrift and economy are not new ideas, and that, often, by looking to the past we find answers for the present.

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