Home Sewing Helps
This is an Adobe pdf of Home Sewing Helps, an instructional booklet from the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Sciences. The book features articles, patterns and inspirational essays on sewing for fashion and home, recycling and upcycling clothing and creative gift giving. Home Sewing Helps offers over 25 instructions for projects and embellishments. Enjoy the beautiful vintage images and be inspired by the vintage sewing advice.
- Be Proud of your Home Dresses
- A Comfortable and Economical Apron – with instructions for apron pattern
- The Smock is at Home in Many Places – with instructions for with smock pattern
- Make Smart Clothes for your Children
- Have Your Makeovers Suggest the New
- New School Clothes from Old
- Men’s Shirts put to Feminine Use – with instructions for making aprons out of men’s shirts
- Plan to Have your Lingerie Dainty – with instructions for kimono robe pattern
- A Negligee for Every Purpose – with instructions for negligee pattern
- Choose a Costume Slip to Suit your Figure – with instructions for camisole and shoulder-dart slip pattern
- Color Contrast Gives Interest to Lingerie – with instructions for chemise pattern
- A Practical Nightgown Uniquely Trimmed – with instructions for nightgown pattern
- Use all Spare Moments Advantageously
- Dainty Trifles for Nimble Fingers
- A Dozen Effective Handkerchief Designs
- The Linen Chest of the Bride To Be
- Novel Trims that Save Time
- Colorful Effects from Bias Tape – with ideas for embellishing with bias tape
- The Fine Art of Giving
- Cushions for Comfort and Beauty – with instructions for cushion patterns
- The How of Curtain Making – with ideas for embellishing your curtain panels
- Flower Trimmings, Ribbon and Fabric Motifs – with instructions for fabric flowers, decorative motifs and more.
- Make Use of Your Sewing Machine
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Amy Barickman, is founder and CCO (Chief Creative Officer) at Indygo Junction, a pattern and book publishing company founded in 1990 to showcase the work of leading fabric and needle arts designers. With her keen eye for design, Amy spotted the emerging vintage art movement and collected an impressive archive of vintage ephemera. So, on the heels of Indygo Junction’s success, Amy founded The Vintage Workshop to create products that allow crafters online access to timeless vintage artwork, as well as original collage, and printables .
Her love of sewing and passion for vintage led Amy to discover The Women’s Institute and it’s founder Mary Brooks Picken. Inspired by the work of Mrs. Picken, Amy published Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion & Fun, which share vintage projects, inspiring essays, 12 sewing patterns and holiday gift and decorating ideas.
Keep up with Amy on her blog, AmyBarickman.com/blog where she chronicles her research into the world of vintage design, everyday inspiration and her life as a designer. She also shares vintage inspired projects and free vintage images.