Book of the month: September

One of my favourite bloggers is Peter from Male Pattern Boldness, a blog I discovered when I was searching for resources on sewing for my man.

Recently he posted about one of his favourite sewing books, Decorative Dressmaking. I wasn’t familiar with it but Peter’s review convinced me it would be a useful addition to my bookshelf. I was less enthusiastic about the prices used copies were fetching, however. Currently the cheapest used copy on Amazon UK is around £40.

So I couldn’t quite believe it when I found a hardback copy, here in the UK, on AbeBooks for just £1. That’s right, less than the price of a zipper or reel of thread. Plus shipping for under £3.

I order and paid and waited for the email telling me that unfortunately the book was no longer available. But, no, here it is!

Decorative Dressmaking: don’t let the 80s cover put you off….

It’s filled with gorgeous vintage fashion plates…

.. and lots of detailed construction advice in hand drawings that are useful as well as charming.

Next time I fancy including piping, applique, pintucks, pleats or some other fancy technique, I’m covered!

How lucky am I!?

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