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06 Novice Or Intermediate: The Vogue Sewing Book




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This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans lfabans@adobe.com with numerous contributions by others.

06 Novice Or Intermediate: The Vogue Sewing Book

The first edition of this book was in 1970 and the
second edition was released in 1973. I believe it was updated and re-issued
again around 1979. My copy is the 1973 edition and I do not know what changes
were made between the various editions. I believe this book may be out of
print, but it is often available in used book stores. The pictures in the
book are rather dated as they show mostly 1960-70's fashions.

This book is more like a general sewing text than RDCGtS. It is suitable as a
reference book, although I don't think it is the best reference. It is
illustrated with a series of two and three color drawings (typically 2-4
drawings per page) and a several sections of color photographs of 1960-1970's
fashions. There are several large glossaries (one in the fabric section and
another in the back). The basic subjects include supplies, fabrics (a fairly
detailed section), patterns and fitting and general construction techniques.
There is a large "handbook" section that includes details about standard items
such as hems, zippers, cuffs, waistbands, pleats, etc. Other topics include
tailoring, couture techniques, trims, sewing for men and planning a sewing
room. In general, Vogue Sewing Book seems to present only a few variations
for accomplishing most tasks. Many other reference books present a wider
range of methods allowing the sewer to select the one she feels most
comfortable with.

The Vogue sewing book. Published by Vogue Patterns. NY, NY. copyright 1973.
Elizabeth J. Musheno, editor. 464 pages. Often available used.

 

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