A nostalgic sewing book
At a visit to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London, I came across a display of sewing toys and some pages from a little sewing book for girls published in the 1920’s. The Mary Frances Sewing Book is now available as a 100th Anniversary Edition. It is a Children’s Story / Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for ‘American Girl’ Dolls and other 18-inch Dolls.
The outfits for dolls are from the Edwardian era as the patterns were mostly designed at the turn of the century around 1911. The book is full of Edwardian illustrations and poetry. There is also a stitch glossary section of 15 basic hand sewing and embroidery stitches.
From the review on Amazon the reader says: ‘Children will love the quaint language and captivating storyline alone, and by following along with the projects, they will be rewarded with hand-sewing skills and a lovely wardrobe of doll clothes. The author’s unique quarter-fold cutting method provides fewer pattern pieces, less seaming, and an easy learning curve for beginners. The projects are simple, fast, and fun. Adults and experienced seamstresses will appreciate the authentic early 1900’s patterns, and can easily adapt the instructions for machine stitchery. Modern girls can make the vintage styles look fresh through the use of up-to-date fabrics and colors. Vintage clothing pieces combined with trendy accessories will give any contemporary doll a fashionable style that is retro chic!’ – Sounds great!
Here is one of the 29 outfits modernised for the 21st Century Doll.