Here’s my collection of vintage sewing books. One of my favorites is the My Learn to Sew Book by Golden Books! Plenty of great project ideas to do with Joie. Many of the popular indie crafts I’ve discovered these days seem to be inspired by the ones found in here, from the 60’s and 70’s. Just add a modern twist and “old is new again.”
The Sewing Made Easy is my favorite – a fun, simple, practical and easy-to-follow how-to guide from the 1960’s! The step-by-step pictures are so cute and indispensable for a visual learner that I am. I found myself laughing out loud at the “how to select the most becoming pattern for your figure … there are 5 different types of figures. Before you go out to buy your pattern, looking into your full-length mirror, study your own figure and appraise it frankly. You will not fit every standard measurement it can be classified under one of these five general types: average, short, tall, top-heavy, & pear-shaped.”
Then there is the “what are your figure faults? No shape up there? Thick through the middle? Want your arms to look more beautiful? Long neck? Short neck? Broad shoulders? Narrow shoulders?”
: “…no, yes, no, no, no, no, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, no. Okay, this doesn’t look encouraging. Maybe something is wrong with the mirror?”
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: “A consoling thought when you buy your pattern, and when you try to adjust it to your own body, is that hardly anyone has a perfect figure for the pattern – there is usually some adjustment which has to be made…”
There should be 6 general body types instead of 5.  NORMAL should be one of them!