Looking for something to read on the bus? Check out these free vintage dressmaking books, including a pattern drafting system from the 1950s that looks rather nifty.
If you’re not familiar with how the pattern drafting systems work, it’s like having small pattern guides (think of the pattern piece schematics on the back of your sewing pattern envelope) that you scale up to your individual measurements using a specially marked ruler or measuring tape. In the Dressmaking at Home book here, you’ll find the details for the ruler on page 7.
Edit: these might look a little quirky on mobile. If you’re having trouble, jump on an actual computer.
Dressmaking at Home (pattern drafting system from the 1950s)
The New Dressmaker by Butterick Patterns (1921)
The American System of Dressmaking (early 1900s)
Home Dressmaking and the Art of Good Dressing