Dressmaking Past & Present: Tailoring a dressmaker’s suit-Tips from Coats & Clark in the 1940s

Introduction Dressmaking Past & Present is a new feature at Pour Moi. Fashion History provides us with inspirations for our personal style. Understanding and learning about techniques used in the past and the present helps us find a variety of methods for possible use in our own projects. This week, I put up some scansContinue reading “Dressmaking Past & Present: Tailoring a dressmaker’s suit-Tips from Coats & Clark in the 1940s”

Free 1949 flat patternmaking book available!

Thanks to the Internet Archive, vintage sewing and fashion enthusiasts can download a PDF version of How to design beautiful clothes, by Esther Pivnick. The book was published in 1949. The patternmaking system used is the same as what was taught at the Traphagen School of Design in New York City. This book offers aContinue reading “Free 1949 flat patternmaking book available!”

Clothing Care for Washable Handmade and Vintage Clothing

Introduction Many vintage sewing books have chapters devoted to the hand laundering and pressing of delicate and handmade clothing. Detailed instructions also include how to block wo0len sweaters, pre-shrink wools, and prepare silks for ironing. Paris Frocks At Home was published by the Butterick Publishing Company in 1930. It, too, includes instructions on how toContinue reading “Clothing Care for Washable Handmade and Vintage Clothing”