New Book and Old Pamphlets

I’m almost embarrassed at how excited I am. I finally got my copy of Couture Sewing Techniques. I have the first version of the book which I use ALL THE TIME. It’s an amazing reference book with gorgeous pictures and clear instructions. So when this updated copy came out, I didn’t think I needed it. I was wrong. There’s so much new information in this book that I was truly surprised. I was expecting the old “we just added a couple of new pages of text and re-released it” routine, but this edition has new pictures and new techniques I haven’t seen anywhere. If you’re serious about couture sewing, you need this book.

Claire Shaeffer Book
I mean just look at this. Your sleeves need never slip from your shoulders again!

Shaeffer Pages

I also want to introduce you to the Spadea pamphlets I acquired some time ago.



I love looking at the signatures on the covers and findng the names of fashion designers from the past.




This bio was a fun reminder that everyone started somewhere. I wonder if Maurice Rentner appreciated Bill? And did Bill ever win employee of the month?


There are tons of pics and some really great tips and this great writeup about this new fabric that was invented: fusible interfacing. Who knew it would last?


I’ll periodically share some of my sewing library between projects as I have a good number of vintage sewing books.. And please let me know about your favorites.


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