Vintage Sewing

Golden Dressmaker

September 22, 2009

A very good friend of mine had the sad task recently of clearing out her grandmother’s house when she moved into a home. She very kindly saved some sewing treasures that were bound for the bin and gave them to me. Thought I’d share this particular treasure – enclosed is a copy of the order slip from 1956, suggesting that her grandmother might have bought ‘The Golden Dressmaker’ from a door-to-door salesman.
This is loosely based on the Lutterloh system, I believe – you get a special ruler that you stick to a measuring tape and use it to enlarge the small-scale patterns enclosed. I love that it was printed at the Salvation Army Press in East Melbourne… I know the building well!
It’s a true treasure, and I adore it – I will be having a bash at it just as soon as I’m done with my Mad Men entry….
  1. I have a book called "The Edwardian Modiste" using a similar system of drafting. I believe that every season, new styles would come out in book form, and women could then draft the pattern to their shape using special rulers based on their measurements. I did draft a pattern just to try it out, and worked pretty well, for an edwardian style!

  2. Lucky you! I have the same patterns but unfortunately it is missing the scale ruler. 🙁 Any chance you could post a photo of what the ruler looks like? Thanks!

  3. I just found a copy of this book, but by the look of things, it originally came with cards of the patterns and a scale ruler. What I would like to know is, are the patterns on the cards the same size as the ones in the back of the book? I would really appreciate it if you could let me know!

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