Here's my latest, utterly cool (and even relevant) purchase:
People, it was published in 1956 by the Clothing and Housing Research Branch of the freakin' US Department of Agriculture?! How bizarre and excellent is that. And it's in utterly mint condition - for $4.00 plus shipping. It's like no one ever opened this thing.
Also, the instruction is, on the one hand, entirely similar to what you will learn if you do the Starlet Suit Jacket course and, on the other hand, totally old school. They twill taped the arm holes back then. And apparently, crepe was "not appropriate" for suiting because it's too thin and drapey :-) Hand worked buttonholes (not bound, like actual buttonholes your machine would make) were all the thing.
They teach you how to make your own tailor's ham, collar press pad and sleeve press pad cuz, duh, who buys those things??
I can't tell you how much I love this quirky little booklet.
Has anyone else seen this? Do you have fun vintage tailoring books or booklets you can tell about? I have actually bought a couple of others from another vendor that haven't yet arrived but I'll be posting on them when I get them.