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The Sewing Book by Butterick (1913)

By Jennie Chancey

1913 Sewing Book Sample

Beneath the unassuming cover awaits a treasure trove of sewing knowledge! This wonderful book was created to instruct girls in basic to advanced sewing, beginning with simple hand stitches, then advancing through projects that increase in difficulty–from simple hems and repairs to aprons, a nightgown, underthings, a middy dress, and more.

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eBook $9.95

Winter 1915-1916 Weinstock, Lubin Co. eCatalog

By Jennie Chancey

Weinstock Sample

Hailing itself as “the oldest mail order house on the coast,” Weinstock, Lubin Co. of Sacramento, CA, offered a mind-boggling array of clothing and accessories for women and children in the early 20th century. Included in this eBook are 125 pages of beautifully illustrated garments–from chemises and corsets to dresses to outerwear, stockings, shoes, and hats.

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eBook $7.95

1920 Pictorial Review Fashion eBook

By Jennie Chancey

1920 Monthly Fashion Cover

This is a March, 1920, newspaper tabloid insert filled with the latest fashions for ladies and girls (for patterns that would become available in April 1920). This is right before the dawn of the “flapper” era with its shorter skirts and bobbed hairstyles.

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eBook $3.95

Girls’ Regency Dress Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

Photo by Rebecca Suerdieck of

This is the perfect companion to the women’s pattern above and includes options for short sleeves, long sleeves, and undersleeves. There’s also an appendix that gives directions for making a “drawstring” look dress. Now available with sizes 12 and 14!

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Paper Pattern $14.95

ePattern $9.95

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