Simplicity Sewing Book - 1965 Edition - Instructional Guidebook for 1960s Fashion Design for Women
It's axiomatic that the clothes you make will be better made and give you much more pleasure... (from the introduction)
In 1965, this was how you made your own clothing, at home, from scratch with the help of sample patterns and Simplicity magazine. In 176 pages, Simplicity walked the home sewer through the process, step-by-step, of making dresses, shirts, pants, jumpers, and blouses. There was even info on making clothes for guys and the kiddos.
Understanding that clothes were expensive and money could be tight, Simplicity Sewing Company began in 1927 in New York City. That was fortuitously lucky since the Great Depression occurred just two years later. Giving women the confidence that they too could make their own glamorous, stylish, clothing at home, Simplicity transformed the way women thought of clothing.
By focusing attention on favorite fabrics, personal dimensions and flattering colors, women's homemade clothing fit better and felt better, while costing a fraction of the price of any ready-to-wear store-bought garment. It also inspired creativity. Because of Simplicity, home sewers weren't necessarily thought of as thrifty but as fashion designers and curators in their own right. Still in business today, Simplicity releases hundreds of new designer-worthy patterns every year, inspiring whole new generations of men and women who appreciate custom-fit clothing and the creativity that goes into making it.
This 1965 edition of the Simplicity Sewing Book features step-by-step instructions in accordance with Simplicity paper patterns so that home sewers will easily understand how to construct their clothing piece by piece. Special chapters are geared towards unique components like collars, darts, hemlines, buttonholes, necklines, etc, and other chapters explain in detail how to adjust clothing/fabrics for certain body types and custom measurements. Full of interesting retro designs, this book features photography (both black and white and color), line drawings, and charts to ensure success when it comes to making clothes for all members of the family, but most particularly for the fashion-loving lady of the house.
- Illustrated throughout
- Step by Step instructions on how to piece together each section of fabric to form one singular item of clothing
- Includes a visual glossary of fabric types, weights, and patterns
- Contains 176 pages including a detailed index
- Published in 1965 by Simplicity Pattern Company - Madison Avenue, NY
In lovely vintage condition. No spots or stains. Clean pages. Semi-glossy front and back cover. Tight spine. All pages intact.
Measures 8.5" inches (width) x 11.75" inches (length) x .5" inches (thickness)