Sewing Project Book – 1933

I recently found this adorable book, made by a high school freshman for her home ec class in 1933-34! It’s amazing to see the skills being taught, and I love how the teacher had the girls keep a book of what they learned.
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  • Oh, that is so cool! I keep hoping I'll find something like this at a garage sale or antique shop, but I never have.

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  • Ohhhhh, I'm so jealous! We have to make notebooks in our fashion design sewing classes but the samples in your notebook seem more sophisticated!

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  • I think all sewists need to assemble a book like this one! I know that it would be a huge help in my sewing corner ;)

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  • I did sewing classes in school from 1993 to 2000 (in Sweden) and several of the things you show from this notebook are things we had to do either in 3rd or 4th grade for our "sewing machine license", or in 5th or 6th grade. We did not learn all of it, of course. Facings were a bit advanced and only touched upon if and when we chose a clothing project.

    I wish we were made to keep notebooks like this, but we simply had a scorecard with cartoons and gold stars for every successfully accomplished task.

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  • I have something like this for my Viking Husqvarna instruction book. I've stapled in sewing samples so I can recreate stitches on my machine. Interesting too that my sewing instructor at Vogue Fabrics does "mini" version of collars, skirt waistbands, at her demos. It's so much faster…and it's easier to save as this woman did. I love the vintage fabric too. So cool.

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