My newest book, Vintage Notions, takes much of its is inspiration from the newsletter produced by the Woman’s Institute of Scranton, PA. This remarkable school taught dressmaking via correspondence courses and newsletters to over 300,000 women in the 1920s and ‘30s. A popular feature was always the “Magic Pattern.” These clever and timeless patterns were so simple to make, they seemed like “magic.” The “magic” continued when a student realized no paper patterns were required, as cutting your pieces was based solely on diagrams and measurements.
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