Readers, today my rusty, crusty Elna Lotus goes back to British Columbia -- good-bye and good riddance, as they say.
While that eBay purchase was a bust, another recent transaction was a success. By now most of you are probably familiar with the vintage comic-book style instructional pamphlet "Home Sewing is Easy" by a certain Sally Stitch. Images of it are all over the web, and I nearly fell off my zafu cushion when I saw this creation of Sarah's over the weekend.
|(Forgive me, Sarah, for stealing this off your blog.)|
Like female college roommates and their periods, we sewing bloggers tend to move in sync -- have you ever noticed that?
Illustrations aside, this sixty-page booklet is also a very credible instruction manual, covering such vintage sewing techniques as bound buttonholes, marking hems with skirt markers, and using buttonholer attachments. It includes topics like shopping for fabrics and creating a personal palette (a la Color Me Beautiful). There's no date on it, but "Home Sewing is Easy" looks and sounds very late Forties to me.
Of course, what most people undoubtedly love about "Home Sewing is Easy" is its pre-feminist, happy-homemakers-on-a-budget tone, which anyone who has ever leafed through a vintage Forties issue of Good Housekeeping will be familiar with.
Lines like, "Gosh, Honey -- if you can make dresses like that, your sewing machine was one solid investment all right! or a neighbor commenting "Look at the way she's dressed; she must be throwing Harry's money around" are catnip to camp aficionados. I wasn't looking for this gem but found it while trolling the sewing machine listings on eBay one night -- see, good things sometimes can come out of compulsive shopping habits!
You can see more photos of "Home Sewing Is Easy" here, and I'll be creating a board on my new Pinterest page soon, if you're pinterested.
Is home sewing easy -- and economical? I'm not so sure. Thoughts?
Happy Monday, everybody!