Easy Ways to Pretty Frocks -- Sewing Stylish 1920s Clothing, Trims and Accessories
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Originally published in 1928, this book will enable you to use 1920s sewing techniques, trim ideas and patterns to create vintage clothing, lingerie and accessories. Beginning with a what to wear and when to wear it guide to 1920s fashion etiquette, this book then teaches you how to: make an apron, bib-apron and envelope chemise without using a pattern; easily draft a bloomer pattern using your own measurements along with instructions for sewing and finishing the bloomers; draft a nightgown pattern and make a nightgown; develop a dress using draping methods, stitching and finish the dress; cut a pattern from the plain dress you created and add a collar and long sleeves; use your plain pattern to make a tucked or plaited dress; add soft drapes, lace and a ribbon belt to create a more elegant dress; fit square shoulders, sloping shoulders, hollowed chest and an over-erect figure; make ribbon hat trims for those fabulous 20s hats; make a felt hat for a 19" head size with instructions for increasing/decreasing to accommodate different hat sizes; make ribbon roses, transparent flowers, a spray of sweet peas and a taffeta flower for trimming hats and clothing; make a bedspread, matching dressing table top/skirt, curtains and seat covering; and make a doll dress and hat without using a pattern. Easy Ways to Pretty Frocks provides guidance on cutting, pinning the pattern on cloth, simple lingerie embroidery, seams and seam finishing, gathers and finishing the gathered edge and finishing touches such as hemming a skirt, making a narrow belt and stitching a binding inconspicuously. Over 60 illustrations accompany this book that will provide you with easy-to-make vintage fashions you can create in an endless amount of styles when using different fabrics, colors and trims. Sample book images are shown at the top of this page.
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