Learn to sew the old-fashioned way with a vintage sewing handbook
With retro names such as A Patchworthy Apparel Book and Home Dressmaking, the books range from the 1930s to 1980s and show authentic techniques (with, in the older publications, amusingly formal instructions) to start you stitching.
Even if you’re not keen to get out your needle and thimble, the books make a lovely display alongside old bobbins and threads. See the gallery below for inspiration…
Standard Processes in Dressmaking by E. Lucy Towers (1948)
Vogue Knit No. 114 ‘Cardigans and jackets’ (1950s)
The Art of Needlecraft by RK & MIR Polkinghorne (1935)
Dress Pattern Designing by Natalie Bray (1961)
Needlewoman magazine no. 129 (1972)