It’s inspiration Sunday and I’m inspired by the gift my sister brought me back from Colorado

By on August 12th, 2013
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Making Smart Clothes Book
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I really didn’t expect to get anything from my sister’s trip to Colorado. I was kind of joking when I suggested that I might get some cool fabric from the fabric store she discovered out there so I was really surprised when she brought over a little souvenir from her trip. And what she brought me was even better then some more fabric: an antique book about sewing that she discovered at an antique store in Pagosa Springs Colorado.

The book is pretty awesome it’s called, Making Smart Clothes: Modern Methods in Cutting, Fitting and Finishing (copyright 1930). It is full of retro, hilarious (and sometimes still relevant) advice. Here are some of the finer snippets that still ring true.

Frocks should be gay, charming and frivolous and delightful, not grim, haggling, budget-bound necessities.

Never buy anything but the finest grade of material.

Materials that are luxurious in themselves should be made by patterns of suitable simplicity or they will entirely swamp you.

Black has a tendency to make figures appear slimmer.

The strong royal purple is a difficult color for almost anyone to wear.

Now only if the contestants on Project Runway followed this advice… I can already tell I’m going to really enjoy this book. But here’s the sweetest thing about owning this book: the signature in the inside cover. It is inscribed: “Property of Virginia L. Selby, Pagosa Springs, Colorado.” I will take good care of your book, Virginia!

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