Vintage Sewing

Modern Home Needlecraft

March 22, 2015

I was fortunate to be gifted this book by a friend. I have spent the last couple of weeks pouring over the pages. There are some amazing techniques, pattern drafting directions and suggestions for make do and mend.

The book was published in 1946 and came in its original card envelope, with the address still intact. it even had the slip inside that stated it must be paid for by return, so maybe it was from some book club. It was published by Odhams Press in London, which I’d never heard of.

Inside the book I found two patterns, one for a child’s dress – it’s not a printed pattern, but looks to be in very good condition. There is also a knitting pattern for a boy’s slipover. I don’t knit so cant ever imaging making this.

The book contains a wealth of information and there are a range of techniques covered. Have you ever heard of a Jetted pocket?

There are pattern drafting instructions for a range of simple garments including suspender belts and underwear; mens shirts and pj’s; childrens shirts and trousers.

And to top it all off, suggestions to make do and mend. How to make your garments last longer or refashion them. I particularly like the section on disguising underarm shabbiness!

This is an absolute treasure and I look forward to trying some of the techniques and patterns for myself.

Have you ever come across such a gem?

  1. Nice…
    I think I’ve heard of jetted pockets before, and what I thought is in line with what I see in your book: curved double welt pockets. You don’t want to try those in a tricky fabric.

  2. Odham’s Press brought out a range of very useful knitting books like Practical Knitting Illustrated - – but I wasn’t aware that they did sewing books as well. I imagine that this will be an invaluable source of tips.

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