Monday, May 9, 2011

Cool New (Old) Books

I love it when people are cleaning out their houses and I get their old sewing stuff. Sometimes it’s a treasure trove and sometimes it’s just random stuff I donate. This time, it’s the former.


First up is this Simplicity Sewing Book. It’s circa 1968 so it’s got great ads in it. It also has a lot of great illustrations. I have several older books like this and they are all fun to look at. It’s got your standard sewing techniques but what I really love are the ads.
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Come on, who doesn’t need these pants and this fur leopard jumper thingy??
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And don’t we all need Electric Satin clothes????????? Take a closer look. Really. It’s awesome. Even if you guys don’t think you need it, you do.




Then I received this book. It’s what you would expect. If you have a wrinkle here, tuck this; if you have a fold here, slice here. It’s kinda cool but not as exciting as electric satin. Seriously, what is??
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This is a book by Kerstin Martensson, the founder of Kwik Sew. It’s got a lot of information about knits from when people didn’t know much about knits. So it talks a lot about the different types. It’s an interesting read. And who doesn’t love the hairdos of the 60s and 70s?
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I hope to actually do some sewing this coming week but things have been busy, busy. There is only 9 more days of school!!! Thank Gawd! It has been a long, grueling year for me.


Alexandra said...

Vintage sewing books - aren't they just the best? I have that Simplicity book, too.
Ha! Electric satin - too funny.

Christy said...

I like old sewing books the best for learning new things. The diagrams are so much easier to understand and follow.

I'm totally adding an electric satin jumpsuit to my list!

Anonymous said...

I was given some old sewing books by my Nanny that I love. I dont know if it is just me but I seem to understand the techniques better & can actually follow along with the instructions!

Unknown said...

I love it! I confess to owning a few sewing books from the 60s and 70s, they are really useful.

Do you think the satin is 'electric' from all the static generated by so much polyester? lol

Unknown said...

Cool books, thanks for sharing! And here's to the last week of school... WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!

angie.a said...

Ugh, I have until June 4!! And then I still have 5 teacher days after THAT. Sobbing here and totally jealous.

Monica D said...

I have a few older books in my library that I treasure. They're good to have.

Corrine said...

Each of these great older books are history lessons in and of themselves. Great fun. Lucky you.

Peace Thyme said...

I have this one too! A gift from an older neighbor who can't see to sew any more. I use it a lot!! Get a chance to see how I used to dress, too! Yea for hippies!

Amanda said...

I have the first book! My mom learned to sew with it and now I am!