I have secretly loved this bad ass cover of the pamphlet precursor to Pants for Real People for as long as I can remember. I am so THRILLED to have found a vintage copy.
|This booklet came along with Pants for Any Body. Can't tell you anything about it as yet...|
This is another of those Dept. of Agriculture booklets but it focuses on fitting suits, specifically. How awesome is that???
I also bought the following new books:
S, my fitting friend, and a few wonderful readers, recently recommended that I get The Complete Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen. I've just started to read it and it's AWESOME. It's clear, intelligent and articulate. It makes fitting knowable, somehow. Or maybe I've just been fitting my ass off, so it all makes more sense than usual.
In truth, I got the The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques, by Lynda Maynard, to rack up enough bucks to get free shipping on the Veblen book. I would have spent 8 bucks on shipping as the Veblen book was less than the $25.00 free-shipping minimum . I know little of the Maynard text, but it seems to have a very good tutorial on how to sew a waistband using petersham - another great, though different, tutorial for which can be found on Sunni's site (where you can also purchase the loveliest petersham).
I'm so happy to find incredible instruction - both modern and vintage - and I spent, on all of these, less than $50.00. Unbelievable, no?
So, have you read any of these books/pamphlets? Thoughts or feelings about any of them? I utterly love the vintage books on tailoring - which are not as challenging to find as one might imagine. I have to stop myself from snapping up every one I can find. I'm turning into Peter - only books, thankfully, are easier to store than machines!