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!

  4. I’m obsessed with drafting systems like this! I have a large digital collection I am willing to share with anyone who wants it- and I would be extremely interested in adding more to my real-life/digital collection if anyone has scanned their copies 🙂 I’ve found it pretty easy to scan and share with a sheet feed scanner.
    Do any of you happen to know more about the golden dressmaker in particular? It’s adorable! Have you sewn anything up out of it yet? Feel free to email me at weirdsews at gmail dot com if you would like to share resources- I may not see a reply here!

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