Sunday, May 18, 2008
Do you ever want to learn millinery?
What about patterndrafting??
How to sew authentic period clothes?
Did you know some brave, brave living saints have taken it upon themselves to scan, upload, transcribe and cross-reference dozens of out of print, vintage books, covering all topics, from dressmaking, millinery, glovemaking, etc etc?? You can learn ANYTHING from them. They are thorough, detailed, clear, and a complete treasure trove; and those amazing souls who are doing this should be revered and all hail'd.
The books are from the 1800's, through to mid last century...they cover SOO much, after scanning through them, you are left with the feeling that if you read through all of them, there wouldn't be much left to know about sewing..they are that good.
This site, the Human Ecology Collection, has all the books scanned in, and each chapter/page set up so you can reach it with a click.
But THIS site, VintageSewing.info, has the books cross referenced by category, or by decade, and then each book individually typed in, illustrations placed, organized for easy use, etc etc etc. Basically, it's almost like holding the book in your hand, it's so easy to use.
If you have ever picked up a vintage garment, and studied the careful, beautiful work that went into it and marveled, here is where it is...you, too, can sew beautiful, new, vintage garments. :p