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Horrockses FashionsYou could win this fabulous book!

Horrockses Fashions
You could win this fabulous book!

The advent of ready-to-wear in Britain.
Horrockses Fashion: Off-the-Peg Styles in the '40s and '50s
details the extraordinary history of a famed women's ready-to-wear label that made its name in postwar Britain by providng up-to-the-minute dresses at a reasonable price. For a nation famous for its tailors, Horrockses Fashions emerged as one of the first producers of ready-to-wear apparel to be embraced by women accustomed to boutique fashions. Although they were produced in large quanitites, Horrockses Fashions maintained an air of exclusivity, emphasizing quality fabrics, custom-designed patterns and couture styling.

Horrockses Fashion is filled with history.
The book is filled with beautiful photos, as well as a wealth of archival information regarding this vintage design style, including period magazine spreads, interviews with former employees and consumers, design images that explore the growth in popularity, and information that investigates why Horrockses made a lasting impression on the fashion industry. This is the kind of book you can get lost in for hours.

You could be a winner!
Simply leave a comment on this post before the deadline—11:59 pm, Sunday, November 28—and you could be one of the TWO randomly-selected winners. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 30.

Good luck!


Comments (360)

cheeny cheeny writes: how do i excess a pattern i want to check to see if i want it or not? it was a scarf that was sleeveless, very pretty but i would like to read the pattern to see if i am capable of making it, as i am just learning to sew. i too would love to win the book i love vintage clothing. i am always on the lookout for clothes in the 1920 to 1960's era. I especially love the hats and gloves that women and men wore through that period.
Posted: 6:37 pm on July 20th

mtrose59047 mtrose59047 writes: A wonderful book to go with my book on 1940s & 1950s handbags. I'd love to win
Posted: 4:21 pm on December 2nd

thread91362 thread91362 writes: Do you know what I find as equally exciting as the chance to win this new book? The fact that it exists is another indication of how important the fashions of the 40s and 50s are today. I was born in 1947 and the fashions of the 40s and 50s are still my favorite. They remind me of my mother, my older sisters and their friends. I think that there seemed to be more love of detail for what women were wearing at that time. Growing up, my mother made the majority of my clothes. All of my school clothes were full skirts, button blouses and shirtwaist dresses. I can vividly remember the very first time I wore a "tight" skirt to school. Grammar school, 5th grade. I was the talk of the class because I looked so grown up. My Mom added a flap at the waist and I wore a pin on the flap. It was my Mother's....a purple parrot. I sure wish I still had that pin.

I have read almost every entry into this contest and I am happy that there are so many people who love the fashions of the 40s and 50s as much as I do. I really, really want to win a copy, but I am sure that who ever wins this book will enjoy it as much as I would.

If the winner is chosen by random chance, you are lucky. But, if you are choosing the winner by the degree of their love of have got a tough job, because I can tell that we all love and appreciate this era equally.

Thank you for the opportunity.
Phyllis, Thousand Oaks, CA
Posted: 5:44 pm on December 1st

Sewshable1 Sewshable1 writes: Love vintage style!
Posted: 11:09 pm on November 30th

FlannelCatCreations FlannelCatCreations writes: The 1940's style is my favorite and I would love to win this! I can imagine an afternoon curled up with a cup of tea dreaming over the pictures and imagining what I will make.
Posted: 12:03 pm on November 29th

fibreartist100 fibreartist100 writes: This sounds like a great commentary on fashion history; one that would be a great addition to my collection of books on fashion history. I have never made a commercial pattern without adding or changeing something on it since I was 12 years old. I am now I've had much fun with fashion during the last five decades.

Posted: 11:21 am on November 29th

dbltrouble dbltrouble writes: Absolutely LOVE the style of the 40s and 50s. Often require REAL sewing skills though. Used to hang out in consignment shops for the estate sale clothes for the designs.
Posted: 11:57 pm on November 28th

dstme dstme writes: History provided in this book reads as very fascinating and very interested to one who lived in the 40's & 50's and had little knowledge of this brand and its creative designs.
Posted: 11:56 pm on November 28th

GRPisut GRPisut writes: Funny how something that has such significance can have so little known about its history. Looking forward to delving into this book!
Posted: 10:57 pm on November 28th

sewjazzy sewjazzy writes: So inspiring. I WILL have this book someday!
Posted: 10:45 pm on November 28th

ajohn075 ajohn075 writes: This sounds like a wonderful book that I'd love to add to my sewing and craft library.
Posted: 7:18 pm on November 28th

Posted: 7:16 pm on November 28th

charbroiled charbroiled writes: Who woudn't love to have this book!? I think it is a wonderful thing Threads is doing - giving us a chance to win items that further our knowledge of the fashion and sewing industries.
P.S. Happy 60th Birthday to my Hubby!!

Posted: 5:54 pm on November 28th

ssanders4849 ssanders4849 writes: Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to add this book to my sewing book collection.
Posted: 4:00 pm on November 28th

sewforties sewforties writes:
What a wonderful resource! I grew up seeing my mother wear the styles of the forties and fifties, and now I love to sew and collect vintage from these eras. Would love to have this book!
Posted: 2:24 pm on November 28th

auspi auspi writes: Yes, I could get lost in this book, especially with some of my favorite English Breakfast tea to go along with it.
Posted: 2:11 pm on November 28th

Telmores Telmores writes: I love vintage fashion and I love sewing books. What a great combination. I hope that I win this book....
Posted: 2:08 pm on November 28th

Hollywood_Goddess Hollywood_Goddess writes: Whether or not I'm lucky enough to win, this is definitely going on the wish list for my sewing library. What a gem! You can never have enough fashion design inspiration from the 40's and 50's (or the 30's either, for that matter).
Posted: 12:16 pm on November 28th

needles&pins needles&pins writes: Am always looking to incorporate vintage elements into my wardrobe and the 40's & 50's provide a wealth of style.
Posted: 11:52 am on November 28th

zybet zybet writes: Hi everyone ! I think so...., I'am a definitely the one who deserves this book! Thanks for great opportunity and good lack to everybody.
Posted: 11:37 am on November 28th

sewbuttons sewbuttons writes: This looks like an interesting book! I love looking at fashion from different time periods, it stimulates my creativity. I am not familiar with the ready wear industry in Great Britain and would love to learn more. I would love this book!!
Posted: 9:50 am on November 28th

blackthistle blackthistle writes: the archival knowledge in this book makes it a treasure.I had a copy and lost it a long time ago in a fire. Working with vintage and reproducing vintage, this book is a must for your library. It is a trip down memory lane for anyone my age who's mother's wore it, and a host of knowledge for anyone interested in textiles and fashion from that era.
Posted: 6:51 am on November 28th

grannysgirl grannysgirl writes: I love the 40's and 50's! It would be a great addition!!
Posted: 6:23 am on November 28th

Needlefoot Needlefoot writes: I love the 40's and 50's this would be a great book to have!
Posted: 1:34 am on November 28th

BettySewsAlot BettySewsAlot writes: I would love to win this book, it would be an honor! I teach sewing to Adults and Kids so my students would find this book interesting as well.
Posted: 11:32 pm on November 27th

maggiebell maggiebell writes: This sounds like an intriguing book, a necessary piece of history to modern day fashion. The logic in the ready to wear never has been questioned, but now begs to know. What a jewel of fashion this book must be. I would love to read it!
Posted: 7:38 pm on November 27th

ricster ricster writes: I would love to win this book, I have been teaching textiles and clothing construction at CCAD in Columbus Ohio and this would be a great compliment to my book collection for students.

Ric Hurley
Posted: 7:30 pm on November 27th

balesbydesign balesbydesign writes: Love the retro styling of the 50's!
Posted: 7:01 pm on November 27th

klhegge klhegge writes: This would be a wonderful resource and inspiration for my daughter- Her GrandMum wore these clothes and now inspired by 40's and 50's fashion this would be a excellent resource and gift.
Posted: 7:00 pm on November 27th

rusmilen rusmilen writes: This is my first visit to this site - WOW! I will be a lifetime online user now :) I came on to get a gift subscription for my friend who is an avid quilter. She has Parkinson's and just had her quilt blocks displayed in Sweden. Gotta love it! Thanks for offering such a wonderful book -
rusmilen - Are you smilen'?
Posted: 4:27 pm on November 27th

timetoslowdown timetoslowdown writes: This book brings backs memories of my mother. What a great book to have!
Posted: 3:49 pm on November 27th

bettystitch bettystitch writes: These are the kind of clothes my Mother wore when I was a child. I guess that dates me. I love the look.

Posted: 12:37 pm on November 27th

SANDRAK96 SANDRAK96 writes: I would love to win this book and expand my knowledge on fashion and history. Thanks for the opportunity!
Posted: 12:24 pm on November 27th

BethSunnyGal BethSunnyGal writes: This book looks fascinating, I would love to receive it.
Posted: 11:35 am on November 27th

samsstuff samsstuff writes: I love vintage & fashion. It would be great to have such an interesting resource!
Posted: 10:59 am on November 27th

Kayren Kayren writes: I love books that document how fashion changes the world!
Posted: 10:44 am on November 27th

margaretinma margaretinma writes: what an interesting book.
Posted: 9:26 am on November 27th

just jane just jane writes: The garments of that era had wonderful design & fitting
lines. An exciting book that would inspire any sewer.

Posted: 8:57 am on November 27th

Pamo Pamo writes: I would love to have this book to join my collection of Sewing books.
It interesting how history repeat it self, and would love to read about the 40's 50's line in fashion.
Posted: 4:19 am on November 27th

gdressmaker gdressmaker writes: Hi, whoever wins this book will treasure for ever, hopefully will show and share it with other sewers in her network(family members,friends or students,etc.etc)
Good luck to everybody that left a comment!!!! Happy Sewing!!!
Posted: 2:12 am on November 27th

MM_Cromarty MM_Cromarty writes: I love the books on historical fashion, especially those that feature the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-famous collections. But this book looks like something more than just beautiful pictures--it is styles my mother wore. I'm looking forward to getting it from the library (unless I'm one of the lucky two!).
Posted: 12:30 am on November 27th

fancythisword fancythisword writes: What a fantastic book this would be to have. I have so many friends that agree with me that most of the ready wear clothing available these days is so lacking in personality, grace and style! Even if I don't win this book...I will look for it to add to my collection.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Posted: 11:11 pm on November 26th

mlssfshn mlssfshn writes: It's amazing how history shapes fashion and I'd love learning more about Horrockses Fashions from this book.
Posted: 7:52 pm on November 26th

bachdot bachdot writes: Thank you for making this book available to 2 lucky winners. I would love to receive this book since I have always been interested in fashions of the '40s and am trying to bring back (through my own sewing) the idea of having clothes that are tailored to fit the body and flatter the wearer. Unfortunately, that kind of attention to details is missing from most of today's clothing.
Thank you,
Posted: 5:28 pm on November 26th

MrsGUK MrsGUK writes: I would love this book because I saw a wonderful exhibition in August 2010 at the London Fashion & Textile Museum entitled "Horrockses Fashions: Off the Peg Style in the '40s and '50s". It featured lots of beautiful Horrockses dresses.
Posted: 5:22 pm on November 26th

ColleenMurphy ColleenMurphy writes: I would so love to win this book. I love fashion history.
Posted: 4:31 pm on November 26th

Shadegardener Shadegardener writes: Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I can't wait to sit down and browse through it. My Mom, an exquisite seamstress, sewed for me through the 40's and 50's, including dance recital costumes for my whole dancing school.
She taught me to sew in the late 50's, and I sewed for my 3 daughters and grandchildren, and now have taught my granddaughter to sew. I'm sure I'll recognize my Mom's outfits in the book!
Posted: 4:15 pm on November 26th

Trumbelina Trumbelina writes: This looks like a very interesting book to add to my small but growing sewing library.
Posted: 2:47 pm on November 26th

Moon_Woman Moon_Woman writes: I was born in the 50's and love that era of clothing - I would love to win this book to add to my collection of sewing informative books.
Posted: 2:08 pm on November 26th

CKSewist CKSewist writes: Another book to add to my history of fashion collection--glad to learn of it!
Posted: 1:45 pm on November 26th

reginaanne reginaanne writes: I love the fact that beautiful fabric can elevate a very
simple garment to something spectacular. With careful attention to couture details it becomes a masterpiece.

It would be a real treat to immerse myself in the styles
of the '40s and '50s. Their inspiration, in combination with the right fabric and finishing, will keep me sewing
for years to come.
Posted: 12:34 pm on November 26th

Cityoflostsouls Cityoflostsouls writes: This book sounds fascinating. I love the mix in Threads-both advanced and not advanced. My favorite thing I have is a 60"s pattern magazine featuring Jackie Kennedy.
Posted: 10:48 am on November 26th

aljmcc aljmcc writes: This would be a great book to own! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!
Posted: 10:04 am on November 26th

pegger1 pegger1 writes: This would be a great book to have, It seems to be filled with inspiration and I would love to own it!
Posted: 9:13 am on November 26th

Homey47 Homey47 writes: This looks like a great book that I will love to win, thank you for all your hard work and for sharing with all of us.
Posted: 9:05 am on November 26th

masha51 masha51 writes: ditto here...
Posted: 8:13 am on November 26th

cindylg cindylg writes: I would love a chance to see this book, I know that my daughter, who shares my love of sewing would enjoy it too
Posted: 7:42 am on November 26th

WandaJ WandaJ writes: when it comes to fashion, design, construction, etc., I've found that I can always learn something new.
Posted: 12:56 am on November 26th

PSoc PSoc writes: The words 'beautifully illustrated' caught my attention. Would love to have a peek inside.
Posted: 10:31 pm on November 25th

AuntieQuiltie AuntieQuiltie writes: That looks like such fun! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy...
Posted: 7:46 pm on November 25th

meemer meemer writes: I have always been interested in period costume. I even designed my own 20's dress for a themed party when I could not fined a pattern. It would be interesting to compare what style elements shown in the book have recurred in different eras.
Posted: 5:13 pm on November 25th

deemail deemail writes: This sounds like a wonderful book! I love the history of sewing, quilting and weaving...their background is, in so many ways, a history of women. I love the books with letters from our foremothers describing their latest needle projects to their families, back east, and more likely than not, asking for pins or needles to be slipped into their answering letters. I am sure the history provided in this book will yield some of the same interesting little 'nuggets.'

I was born in 1945, so many of these styles will be what I grew up with. I have been making my own clothing, (a result of a 5'10" frame at the age of 12), since the summer between 7th and 8th grades, so I'm sure these backward glances might look a bit familiar. The difficulty in finding clothing to fit and the solution I used to help myself, is one of the reasons I fell in love with Threads Magazine 26 years ago...I have recently purchased the DVD collection and am still oohing and aahing at each new thing I think to look up. Perhaps I can find some of those styles to reproduce now (with appropriate fitting changes) that were popular before I learned to sew.

Thank you so much for supplying us with the latest information regarding new publications. Winning a copy of this would be great, but even being aware of it so I can place on my Wish List would be nice. Thanks, again, deemail, Eagar, AZ
Posted: 4:45 pm on November 25th

pierrotdreams pierrotdreams writes: History & Fashion....two of my favorite subjects......

Thanks for offering this giveaway.....
Posted: 4:35 pm on November 25th

funkified funkified writes: i started loving the fashions of the 40;s to 50;s the day i stumbled on a book called fashion vintage or vintage of fashion(not very sure of the title) in one of the local library on holloway road in uk and trust me i headed straight to the fashion corner(an habit i developed over the years)since then, i make it a point of duty to ,if not read ;atleast i will glance through anything or everything that tells about the era of fashions as it help to gives clear definition and better understanding into the world of fashion and see how the fore fashion designer has fair during their time.
Posted: 3:18 pm on November 25th

wen1 wen1 writes: Sounds like a fabulous book. I remember my mother wearing incredible vintage style clothing and evening wear when we lived in the UK. I'm really into sewing and teaching couture and vintage styles and all the techniques used in the day.
Posted: 3:14 pm on November 25th

CajunQuilter CajunQuilter writes: I love books and this one would definitely inspire me. I never win anything. Please pick me this time! And Happy Thanksgiving to all who read this.
Posted: 2:27 pm on November 25th

ObjetsTrouves ObjetsTrouves writes: Pick Me, Pick Me! Would love to have this book, I remember my Scots friend Els wearing these dresses when I was a kid.
Posted: 2:15 pm on November 25th

MerryGoose MerryGoose writes: Happy Thanksgiving...I am thankful for threads magazine
Posted: 2:12 pm on November 25th

Laureonthreads Laureonthreads writes: I would love to learn, along with my daughter, the construction of durable, timeless, classical pieces, such as those worn in the day of my own mother.

It would be absolutely fabulous to win.

Posted: 2:06 pm on November 25th

cree99 cree99 writes: I gave birth to baby boy in London in 1954 and am now realizing that I had started sewing in the 1940s on a foot treadle Singer that my mother owned - she cried when my father gave her a more modern machine as she thought it was a toy not a real sewing machine. Comment on size and not the machine which is still in service now and I regret letting my cousin have it as I certainly could use it now. I do not remake clothes and I still have material from the 1950s - anyone remember nehru jackets??? I doubt that I will win but it is certainly worth trying.
Posted: 12:56 pm on November 25th

isewtoo isewtoo writes: I love the fashions from the 40s and 50s. This is a book I would love to own.
Posted: 12:40 pm on November 25th

isewtoo isewtoo writes: I love the fashions from the 40s and 50s. This is a book I would love to own.
Posted: 12:39 pm on November 25th

Scrapless Scrapless writes: My favorite women's fashions are from the 30's, 40's and 50's. The feminine sillhouettes and detailed lines are just beautiful. I will need to be careful not to drool on the pages of this book!
Posted: 12:30 pm on November 25th

416 416 writes: Thank you for the reviewa on HARROCKSES FASHIONS OF THE '40S AND '50S. I am currently designing vintage clothes for my daughter's fashion dolls in her private collection. I am also writing a Memoir. Winning HARROCKSES FASHION book would give me great inspiration to use for both projects since I am a senior(80) and remember those beautiful, flirty fashions of that era.
Posted: 11:58 am on November 25th

sensible_seamstress sensible_seamstress writes: Thank You! I love the fashion of the 40s and 50s. I would love to have a book that I could learn more about constructing this clothing. Coincidently, my 4 yr old granddaughter loves the clothes of that era also. I wonder what we could come up with, together?
Posted: 11:44 am on November 25th

Kizumma Kizumma writes: Perfect for historic references for my Gr. 11 and 12 Fashion classes! We are always in need of quality resources especially in light of the lack of funds for school purchases. My students would love it!
Posted: 11:34 am on November 25th

LillioftheWest LillioftheWest writes: Portrait collars, nipped in waists, full skirts, I love these features and have pored over vintage patterns for years looking for elements to incorporate in my own designs. I have always had the figure to wear them and now that I have reached my more mature years I find they help me maintain a graceful femininity that inspires my husband and makes me feel like a true rebel when all I see around me are tights and tattoos!

Posted: 11:32 am on November 25th

spinfudgie spinfudgie writes: I recently renewed my subscription instead of buying it at the sewing store, that way I don't have to worry about missing an issue and also save money! I have learned so much from your magazine and look forward to learning even more. I would love to win this book. I am trying to learn how to design my own clothes and winning this book would give me not only design ideas but a teaching tool as well.
Posted: 10:58 am on November 25th

marec marec writes: What a wonderful giveaway! I love taking time in the afternoon to sit down with a book such as this, and dream. Keeping my fingers crossed on this:-)
Posted: 10:47 am on November 25th

msfroggy msfroggy writes: My daughter loves to design her own patterns with the 40's and 50's influence. She'd make great use of this and It'd make a fantastic addition to her library. I'd love the opportunity to give her something she may not know about yet! Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 9:51 am on November 25th

carynification carynification writes: Wow, this would be a wonderful book to have.
Posted: 9:40 am on November 25th

niener niener writes: As a former Fashion educator, this book would make a welcome addition to my fashion library! Thank you for this opportunity to enter the give-away.
Posted: 9:06 am on November 25th

niener niener writes: As a former educator of Fashion Merchandising, this would be such a welcome addition to my fashion library! Thank you for offering this opportunity to enter the give-away.
Posted: 9:04 am on November 25th

vkm1 vkm1 writes: I love vintage styles!
Posted: 8:59 am on November 25th

Disjacs Disjacs writes: I am new to sewing and threads magazine is an invaluable resourse and reference. I actually not to long ago put this very book on my Amazon wishlist for my upcoming birthday/christmas. Wining this book would definitly be the icing on my cupcake! Keep up the good work and Thank you. D
Posted: 8:38 am on November 25th

celticangel celticangel writes: I would love to win this book because I was born in the middle fifties. I love the fashions of the forties and fifties, they were so feminine. I am kind of aging myself oh well. This would be so wonderful to win!
Posted: 8:02 am on November 25th

Leonor Leonor writes: I don't remember winning anything before, but i have a good feeling this time.
Posted: 7:08 am on November 25th

gretchengh gretchengh writes: What an inspiration!
I would love to have this book....
Posted: 4:13 am on November 25th

cornelia1 cornelia1 writes: hi i am from the Netherlands and i would be very pleased with one of these presents, so Santa....... Here i am!
Posted: 3:17 am on November 25th

annuirmeli annuirmeli writes: This is on my wishlist. Dear Santa bring it to me!
Posted: 2:32 am on November 25th

puntopunti puntopunti writes: I am the 270 one to post a comment. WoW! I wish good luck at every one but I will like to win that book. That will help me to create more wonderful cloth for all my friends.
Posted: 2:24 am on November 25th

Munchie66 Munchie66 writes: As a fashion design student, I would love to win this book to share with my classmates.
Posted: 1:24 am on November 25th

flossie flossie writes: Having just made some 50's style bridesmaid dresses I have become very interested in researching this period to use vintage design elements in modern garments
Posted: 1:22 am on November 25th

issi issi writes: What wonderful inspiration. I am just returning to personal sewing. I'll soon be renewing my subscription. Living in a small rural community it is difficult to find clothing styles I like in natural fabrics. Polyester and below 40 degree temps do not agree with each other. The book is on my wish list. If Santa can't bring it I'll buy it in January.
Posted: 12:15 am on November 25th

grammies5 grammies5 writes: I would love to use a book like this as a reference and for inspiration. I'm constantly designing and I'd enjoy having a look at other designers' work, especially from this era.
Posted: 11:48 pm on November 24th

gailete gailete writes: I would love to win this book! During the last few months I have been learning so much about what post war Britain was going through with rationing still lasting into the 50's. To see what fashions where happening during rationing, etc. would be fascinating along with my love of sewing and study of sewing patterns of that era.
Posted: 11:36 pm on November 24th

Patandcat Patandcat writes: The 1940sand 50a were the greatest fashion era.
Elegant yet affordable for every-girl next door.
What can be said of something so unique?
Truly a time gone by compared to today's models flaunting underwear
And wearing wings. Sad.
Posted: 11:25 pm on November 24th

kathis kathis writes: I would love to have the Horrockses Fashion book! I was born in 1942 and my earliest memories include being taken out to lunch downtown in San Francisco by my mom and her girlfriend. I tried hard to be terribly good and polite and not to swing my four year old feet under the table. I still remember what my mother wore- a cherry red linen suit that had buttons shaped like fruit. Her friend had a little fur piece which was a glass eyed fox which bit it's tail which I found fascinating. I'd love to be reminded of those fashions which seemed so glamorous long ago.
Posted: 11:21 pm on November 24th

kathis kathis writes: I would love to have the Horrockses Fashion book! I was born in 1942 and my earliest memories include being taken out to lunch downtown in San Francisco by my mom and her girlfriend. I tried hard to be terribly good and polite and not to swing my four year old feet under the table. I still remember what my mother wore- a cherry red linen suit that had buttons shaped like fruit. Her friend had a little fur piece which was a glass eyed fox which bit it's tail which I found fascinating. I'd love to be reminded of those fashions which seemed so glamorous long ago.
Posted: 11:21 pm on November 24th

Hilily Hilily writes: I'd love to have this book.
These are the fashions I played 'dress up" in when I was a child. I tell myself that my Mom never knew.
It would be fun to see all those lovely dresses all over again.
Posted: 11:16 pm on November 24th

Ptezra Ptezra writes: I am very much interested in the fashions of the 40's and 50's.
Posted: 11:14 pm on November 24th

kasprzn kasprzn writes: After many years, I've come to realize that 40s and 50s era is my style. It suits my hourglass figure, and enhances my sense of femininity with this elegant silhouette.
Posted: 10:43 pm on November 24th

idosew idosew writes: I totally love early forties fashion!
Posted: 10:33 pm on November 24th

tissy tissy writes: This would be the perfect book to inspire my grandaughters! They are interested in learning to sew, but haven't caught on that they can take todays fabrics and yesterdays designs and make their own one of a kind, personal statement! Seeing yesterdays designs will help me combat the "deconstructed" trend in some of todays sewing. I want them to learn to make casual clothes that will display their skills and taste 20 years from now. This would be the perfect book to start building those skills!
Posted: 10:27 pm on November 24th

dmjb dmjb writes: What a wonderful addition to anyone's book collection.
Posted: 10:23 pm on November 24th

LeilasMimi LeilasMimi writes: I am very familiar with the US styles of the 50's & 60's and minis, etc. of the 70's. But the styles of England in the same time period display other attributes that can be traced to influences from the other side of the Atlantic. I find this fascinating and am glad to learn about these differences.
Posted: 9:58 pm on November 24th

seabeegirl seabeegirl writes: This is on my wishlist - wouldn't this be fun for doll dressing
Posted: 9:51 pm on November 24th

1sewpro 1sewpro writes: You guys NEVER end in bringing us WONDERFUL tips and information for our sewing pleasure and advancement.
Posted: 9:33 pm on November 24th

nankeen nankeen writes: Ah...the days when everyone was really DRESSED. Can't wait to get a look at it.
Posted: 9:28 pm on November 24th

2sonuamom 2sonuamom writes: I love vintage evening wear!
Posted: 8:53 pm on November 24th

auschick auschick writes: sounds like a fun addition to my coffee table :)
Posted: 8:41 pm on November 24th

tripleransom tripleransom writes: My mother was a real fashion plate in the '40's and '50's. I love the clothing of this era. I even made over some of her clothes to fit myself and got compliments on them all the time!
Posted: 8:35 pm on November 24th

gbarnum gbarnum writes: I would love to win this..any books in this time period is eye candy, looking at seams and fabrics and shapes. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Gloria :-)
Posted: 8:31 pm on November 24th

Watersprite Watersprite writes: I have heard from several "vintage" British women that during the war, reversible fashion was all the rage because of rationing. Dresses would be sold with various reversible options and some items of clothing could be turned inside out! I would like to know more about this historic trend and wonder if it is covered in this book.

Posted: 8:27 pm on November 24th

cak52 cak52 writes: I agree, this book looks interesting and I would love to be a winner!
Posted: 8:25 pm on November 24th

MAMA2TNT MAMA2TNT writes: I would love to get my hands on this book! Sounds like a wonderful read and reference! I love the older fashions, so classic and modest.
Posted: 8:12 pm on November 24th

jraphi1 jraphi1 writes: Sounds like a b ook to sink your teeth into. I am especially interested in the part about the 40's-my favorite era! Hope I am chosen.

Posted: 7:57 pm on November 24th

TrishyBob TrishyBob writes: I love the older fashions and have been trying to sew a few things for myself. Today's fashions appear to be more for the younger generation whereas, the 40's and 50's seemed to have more for everyone. The styles accented the figure and looked so much more classic. I would love to win the book and learn more about fashions.

Posted: 7:54 pm on November 24th

raskl raskl writes: Wow, my kind of book, my kind of subject matter.
I'd indeed love to win it.
Thank you for letting us know about it.
Posted: 7:43 pm on November 24th

dragonlover66 dragonlover66 writes: I am a re-enactor & love period clothing, haven't made any 40's or 50's clothing but have several patterns that I want to try. I am of British ancestry & was just in England this past summer & would love to look at this book in detail, fingers crossed........
Posted: 7:28 pm on November 24th

ce53 ce53 writes: This sounds like a very interesting book; I'll definitely check it out, whether I win it or not.
Posted: 7:19 pm on November 24th

greenbp greenbp writes: The book looks like fun. I would love to have the book.

Posted: 7:18 pm on November 24th

Mengar Mengar writes: The era when women were shaped like women and not expected to look like prepubescent girls!
Posted: 7:15 pm on November 24th

old lady old lady writes: That was the era that I found out what a sewing machine can do. it just needed me to press the foot peddle and I haven't stopped. Vogue patterns gave me the challenge patterns so I could learn more and have fashion clothes. The UK still maintains its fashion of protocol. I would love to show the teenagers of today that they have other choices of dressing. I was fortunate to inherit my MIL's sewing and all her material and trims and Vogue patterns of early 40's. I have a great collection of Whitney and Davis purses and tooled leather purses of 1900, the era of gloves hats, and purses. Thanks for reading this.

Posted: 7:14 pm on November 24th

Posted: 7:02 pm on November 24th

sewright4you sewright4you writes: It looks like such a fun book. Knowing how ready made fashion has developed,then we can know how to improve today's fashion and fit. I love to win it!
Posted: 6:52 pm on November 24th

Sew4Drama Sew4Drama writes: Love these two decades, find the unique seams so interesting in many of the 40's garments. I often volunteer to do costuming for local community theatres/schools and love making period clothing! This book looks like a real treat!
Posted: 6:48 pm on November 24th

SIRC SIRC writes: This looks to be an interesting read. Not to mention a great source for inspiration. I'd also be excited to see the illustrations in the book as well...lovely!

Posted: 6:47 pm on November 24th

LadyofShalott LadyofShalott writes: I've always been interested in vintage clothing and love to sew styles that hint of other eras. Never heard of Horrockses, so I am intrigued to learn more.
Posted: 6:40 pm on November 24th

Wendyln Wendyln writes: I love vintage clothing and have a small collection. I currently am teaching a new high school class called Fashion Design and Wearable Art. I would love to have this book to use in my class.

Posted: 6:35 pm on November 24th

BendingPins BendingPins writes: Randomly pick me!
Posted: 6:32 pm on November 24th

azrial azrial writes: My daughter loves all things vintage and scours the thrift stores and eBay to add to her collection. She especially loves the English take on fashion and subscribes to the English fashion magazines. She would love this book!
Posted: 6:10 pm on November 24th

simiquilt simiquilt writes: Love fashion books of all kinds. this would be a great book to have

Posted: 6:06 pm on November 24th

fashionistadc fashionistadc writes: I collect vintage clothing and love the history of fashion. Can't wait to read this book.
Posted: 6:04 pm on November 24th

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Posted: 6:02 pm on November 24th

Bellbird Bellbird writes: My daughter and I love the 40s and 50s styles and for her wedding last year, my daughter had a friend design and make a 50's style calf length ivory satin frock with fitted bodice and wide skirt. She had multiple red tulle underskirts to hold the skirt out She accessorised with a matching red sash, gorgeous red shoes and small 50s style hat with a large scale net veil that just came down over her eyes. It was a stunning outfit! I would love to win this book to give to her as a gift.
Posted: 5:49 pm on November 24th

Glyne Glyne writes: I would love to win this as I adore wearing clothes from the 40's and 50s and am constantly looking for ideas from that period.
Posted: 5:48 pm on November 24th

Potch Potch writes: I am a real anglophile and read a lot of books from the UK. There has been reference to Horrocks in several. I'd love to see for myself what the store offered. Love vintage stuff, esp. from the 30's & 40's.
Posted: 5:31 pm on November 24th

travelnut11 travelnut11 writes: Thank you very much! Please enter me!
Posted: 5:25 pm on November 24th

Tissewsweet Tissewsweet writes: This is an inspiring breathe of Fresh air.
Posted: 5:18 pm on November 24th

picknstitch picknstitch writes: Those are wonderful decades for fashion! I'd love to win the book.
Posted: 5:10 pm on November 24th

CarolK4 CarolK4 writes: This sounds like a very interesting book. It sounds like it would complement the Dress Design book by Hillhouse and Mansfield from 1948. We used this book in my college pattern drafting class back in the 70s. I still have it. It shows all the crazy patterns derived from basic sloper pieces to create the designs. it would be fun to have the Horrockses Fashions book alongside. Oh! the potential. The understanding that could be derived from viewing both at the same time.
Posted: 5:03 pm on November 24th

sewbabysew sewbabysew writes: my two favorite decades. I would love it!!!
Posted: 4:54 pm on November 24th

dpete dpete writes: This book sounds fantastic! I would just love this!
Posted: 4:46 pm on November 24th

withsprinkles withsprinkles writes: This would be such an insperation for me. I sew and design for many different types of people and I can imagine finding a design for each of them. I love the older clothes and the 40's are my favorites.
Posted: 4:42 pm on November 24th

suzannity suzannity writes: I enjoy reading the history of fashion and sewing. It sounds like Horrockses Fashions would be wonderful to curl up with during these dreary winter days. Thank you for your book reviews and give-aways.
Posted: 4:37 pm on November 24th

kcautela kcautela writes: I just can't wait to have this book in my hands!
Posted: 4:32 pm on November 24th

sewerplanter sewerplanter writes: What goes around, comes around. Always have been interested in learning how fashion has evolved. I love hats and wear them every day. Long with the hats, I make matching purses. It used to be that hats were in line with fashion, now it is more the exception. Who knows if sometime, in my lifetime, I will see more "hat lady's"
Posted: 4:13 pm on November 24th

PointPatou PointPatou writes: It would be nice to have some photos of the book. Did I miss them?
Posted: 4:03 pm on November 24th

FAL FAL writes: This book would be a source of inspiration for designers; especially those who are into repurposing old clothing or fabric. If you have the time check out the video on the site: If you win this book, it'll be a treasure in your library.
Posted: 3:53 pm on November 24th

PASSION4FASHION PASSION4FASHION writes: I am an aspiring fashion designer and go to college for it as well. Not worried if I do not win. I will try and buy this book if I get enough funds up for it. That or brorrow it from someone whenever they get around to buying it themselves. Would make one heck of a learning tool.
Posted: 3:48 pm on November 24th

MamaEuny MamaEuny writes: This looks like a very intriguing book. If I don't win, I'm putting it on my wishlist for Christmas. Hubby is always looking for something new and different to buy me.
Posted: 3:36 pm on November 24th

dulcinha dulcinha writes: How fun--I've just started buying vintage sewing patterns from the 40s and 50s, and would love to see more clothes from that era.
Posted: 3:33 pm on November 24th

padutchdiva padutchdiva writes: What a treat of a book! Looking forward to getting it and reading it + giving it as a gift
Posted: 3:23 pm on November 24th

Mimi310 Mimi310 writes: This would be an excellent book to add to my library.

Posted: 3:18 pm on November 24th

glory glory writes: my grandma,who made all of my clothes in the fifties,also taught me to sew during that time period..
i still have some of her patterns.
my mom often said my grandma had "golden hands".

Posted: 3:17 pm on November 24th

KBTsewer KBTsewer writes: This should be an interesting book.Horrockses dresses were far too expensive for the average woman,including my mother. They were reviewed in many of the newspapers which gave women ideas as to how to copy the Horrockses 'look'.Some of the cheaper department stores also made similar garments and many women made their own dresses and, although there wasn't the choice of quality fabrics, it brightened up the lives of many who'd had a frugal time during the war years and afterwards, money and resources being thin on the ground.I recall my mother making up some printed cotton into a dress with matching short jacket in a 'Horrockses style'.Somehow my father managed to loose the jacket, which he'd been asked to hold.It was not the done thing, in those days, to chastise your husband in public, but she gave him a good telling off when we arrived home !! Happy days
Posted: 3:14 pm on November 24th

scorpioncheri scorpioncheri writes: My Mom got married in 53 and we have pictures of her wearing gorgeous dresses she made when she lived in Africa for a couple of years; this style was perfect for her and she always looked so elegant ! I would love to have this book ! Keeping my fingers crossed :-)
Posted: 3:10 pm on November 24th

chachito chachito writes: I sure would love to win this book. Fashion is one of my passions in life and I am constantly interested in learning its history end evolution.
Posted: 3:10 pm on November 24th

nexus nexus writes: I love fashions that don't try to make women look line 12 year old boys. Fashion should glorify the female form not disguise it or totally reveal every nook and cranny. Showing the "camel toe" is not a pretty fashion statement.

This book should be pretty awesome; I wish it had patterns too. :)

Posted: 3:03 pm on November 24th

3feathers 3feathers writes: Wow! Perhaps I can get some ideas for using the tubs of 50's and 60's patterns I have stored! They are inherited and so interesting-I just couldn't throw them away. Classic, classic styles!
Posted: 2:58 pm on November 24th

Adventitiously Adventitiously writes: I'm crazy about historical fashion. This book looks fabulous. I've had the opportunity to costume some historical plays, and this would be a wonderful resource!
Posted: 2:57 pm on November 24th

teresalynn teresalynn writes: Divine inspiration!
Posted: 2:57 pm on November 24th

zeusns zeusns writes: Would love to have this book. I lived the 50ies abd some of the 40ies, I have a 12 year old grandaughter who appreciates "off the wall" styles. I'm sure we could find inspiration for a couple of outfits for her.
Posted: 2:56 pm on November 24th

DKTWIN DKTWIN writes: Where would we be without retail? So thankful that someone had the courage and took the initiative to make it work. This books sounds fascinating and a real asset to a sewer's library! Looking forward to reading it.
Posted: 2:54 pm on November 24th

sewinaway sewinaway writes: I could definitely get lost in this book for many hours!
Posted: 2:52 pm on November 24th

andreakavalon andreakavalon writes: What a fantastic book!

I read on amazon that the book "includes images and recollections of the garments as worn by actual consumers"

How wonderful to have a book that captures the stories of individuals. This is my favorite kind of fashion book.

Posted: 2:49 pm on November 24th

Jazzy3 Jazzy3 writes: I love the vintage style. beautiful styles
Posted: 2:32 pm on November 24th

godutch godutch writes: It's GREAT to have another resource for retro fashions. I think looking to the past to create a look for today is never a bad idea. It also would not be a bad idea to win this book!!!!!
Posted: 2:31 pm on November 24th

cucperson cucperson writes: Clothes from my favourite times. Oh the inspiration!
Posted: 2:31 pm on November 24th

maire48 maire48 writes: I love to read about vintage fashion and incorporate design elements into my sewing today. I'd love to win this book! Good luck to everyone.
Posted: 2:30 pm on November 24th

srebeccas srebeccas writes: I try to find all I can about the history of fashion. This sounds like a great book. I enjoy designing and sewing my own clothes and am always on the lookout for ideas. Thanks for your review. I would be very pleased to win it!!!
Posted: 2:25 pm on November 24th

Frances_NZ Frances_NZ writes: I would love to win this book. I have read people's blog posts about visiting the exhibition and wished I lived close enough to have gone too.
Posted: 2:23 pm on November 24th

nowandthen nowandthen writes: Oh my, how I would love to own that book. There will be LUCKY WINNERS, maybe I'll be one. I have been a devoted
subscriber AND reader of "THREADS" since it's birth. And,
I still have all the copies, starting with Number one. My
interest in fibers is varied, sewing and weaving being my
top favorites. Sewing actually gives me the most immediate
soul gratifacation of creating. However, Good Luck to all who enter.
Posted: 2:17 pm on November 24th

Carly_Sue Carly_Sue writes: With all of these comments it seems unlikely that I will win, but there is always that glimmer of hope, so I will sign up for a chance. I love Threads and all that you do for we seamstresses out here. Keep up the good work.
Posted: 2:16 pm on November 24th

netchess netchess writes: Love those more tailored styles of those eras.
Posted: 2:12 pm on November 24th

vv2008 vv2008 writes: I collect vintage clothing and other items, mostly from the 40's and 50's. Almost all of it was made in the US, so it would be fascinating to learn about this British fashion house and discover the similarities or differences to US fashions of the period.
Posted: 2:12 pm on November 24th

cowgirl_bonnie cowgirl_bonnie writes: I was a child of the 50's and loved my mom's dresses so much that I am constantly looking for 50's patterns in antique shop or on the net. This sounds like a great book not only for thoses of us who remember but for those who want a sense of fashion history.
Posted: 2:09 pm on November 24th

gennevi gennevi writes: I love fashion history. I get so many ideas for modern garments. Looking online is great but it is nice to have some go with me inspiration. Contest likely not available to Canadians though
Posted: 2:09 pm on November 24th

Chicagoshar Chicagoshar writes: I've been teaching sewing, quilting, advanced sewing for years, and I'm always interested in learning MORE. Sounds great, and I'd love to see it.
Posted: 2:08 pm on November 24th

JeanneBeanne JeanneBeanne writes: Love anything to do with the history of clothing! I feel lucky today!!
Posted: 2:07 pm on November 24th

Vickysews Vickysews writes: Sounds like an exciting book full of fashion and fun!
Posted: 2:03 pm on November 24th

SuzanneAnnArbor SuzanneAnnArbor writes: So happy there is renewed interest in fashion history. I collect books and go to as many fashion exhibits as possible. I have my ticket to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see Princess Diana's wedding dress- can't wait!
Posted: 2:00 pm on November 24th

blueorchidbags blueorchidbags writes: I love history and I love fashion. What a great combination!!!
Posted: 1:57 pm on November 24th

schmatta schmatta writes: I love to sew clothing, and I've never heard of Horrocks(es). Therefore, to spread the good word, I should probably win.
Posted: 1:54 pm on November 24th

kschalk kschalk writes: Brings to mind how exciting is was for women who had experienced the yardage rationing of WWII, when clothing was designed to use less fabric, to purchase or sew knock-offs of the 'new look' a la Dior.....
Posted: 1:53 pm on November 24th

Busygirlsews Busygirlsews writes: This beautiful book takes me back to my childhood. My rocking chair was right next to my Mother's 1946 Singer. I watched and learned to sew at an early age and still sew everything and love the styles of the times.
Posted: 1:51 pm on November 24th

betsybesq betsybesq writes: This book looks delicious!! I sew for a lot of young college-age and career women, and more and more they are coming in asking for garments reminiscent of this era. These clothes are super-classic and special in so many ways. I'd love to have this book for fun and reference!
Posted: 1:44 pm on November 24th

LDL LDL writes: The fabrics, the silhouettes, the flouncy, full skirts...Were theses the the fashions that drove men mad? Fascinating to admire, but I'm thankful that today we have more freedom at the waistline and above.
Posted: 1:43 pm on November 24th

merilynne merilynne writes: This must be a wonderful book if the delightful comments are any indication!
Posted: 1:42 pm on November 24th

Selvage Selvage writes: "This is a book you could get lost in for hours." I bet!
Posted: 1:41 pm on November 24th

whoneedlesthis whoneedlesthis writes: I would dearly love to have this book, we emigrated from my homeland when I was too young to truly appreciate the fashion.
Nowadays as a professional seamstress, I can't get enough, and I am so proud to call myself "English". I am proud of the quality of English workmanship, and the classic styles that did not require an entire wardrobe change every year!!
Jean Morgan, expatriate Briton
Posted: 1:39 pm on November 24th

myrayeretsky myrayeretsky writes: Please enter me for a chance.
Posted: 1:38 pm on November 24th

myrayeretsky myrayeretsky writes: Please enter me, my favorite decade.
Posted: 1:38 pm on November 24th

tusche tusche writes: Soon this first decade will be archival so lets hurry to catch up. Count me in before the count increases.
Posted: 1:20 pm on November 24th

ticia ticia writes: The first thing my mother sewed for herself when she came to Canada in the 1950's was a fitted dress with boat neck and three quarter length sleeves. She used a very good quality black cotton brocade...a clssic for sure. She wore the dress often but when no longer in fashion could not part with it for sentimental reasons. Today my 18 year old daughter wears the dress with pride. She says it is the perfect "Audrey Hepburn" look.
Posted: 1:19 pm on November 24th

Plaid_Rose Plaid_Rose writes: This book looks amazing!! Can never have too many books to add to the fashion collection
Posted: 1:18 pm on November 24th

QuiltingMac QuiltingMac writes: For many reasons, I was born about 20 years too late. I LOVE these fashions. I would be so grateful to be selected to win this book! I thank Threads Magazine, a bountiful source of wonderful information, for this opportunity. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
Posted: 1:17 pm on November 24th

Lizothelake Lizothelake writes: During the mid 1950's my mother bought two new "Summer Dresses" each year. These were her 'Best' clothes, and were worn to Weddings, Parties, Fetes, and to Church. Usually they were made by "Horrockses", and were chosen because they came in a size that fitted her very well; she was a lean 5"11" person, the styles suited her; small waist and full skirt, and she could always find something in her favourite shades of Blue.
One I particularly remember was jokingly referred to as the "Ink Spot Dress". Navy blue cotton printed with a large-ish scaled slodge pattern resembling a sort of reverse Ink Spot, the dress had a wide white bandeau collar. It suited her very well, but it also was one of her all time favourites.

By the early 1960's I was at college. Come the first Christmas I had a 'date' for the College Ball, but no dress. My father refused to fund one, so Mum suggested I could borrow one of hers. What she produced was a Horrockses Gown from the 50's! Again a wide bandeau collar; dark navy I think, and a dress of shades of blue print of Roses on a paler background. Needless to say it had a tight waist and a floor sweeping skirt which measured many yards around. I remember ironing the skirt with the assistance of a couple of chairs to support the freshly pressed part.

Of course no-one knew it was a borrowed gown, or that it actually belonged to my mother. Come the next Ball; at the end of the school year, I was confident to make myself a gown from Emerald Green Rayon "Dupioni" drapery fabric, 1 1/2 yards worth; I was slim enough then that a straight dress could come out of a shoulder to hem length! After that I had a new gown for every dance, and sometimes even two; a shorter 'Cocktail' dress to work my shifts at the Student Union Bar during the evening and a truly formal 'Ball' Gown for the actual dance.

Somewhere at home I have a snapshot of my mother wearing the Ink Spot dress, taken in 1956 or so; not many photos exist of her or me during those years; my father photographed views rather than family, so the few snaps that exist were shot with my "Brownie" box camera. It is good to remember with such affection that dress. Mum would have been been 92 years old by now, and would have also remembered it well, She did like it so much.

Liz Powell

Posted: 1:09 pm on November 24th

jacigh jacigh writes: I would love to add this book to my library. I teach Continuing Ed and this would be a great addition to my fashion design topics. I hope I am one of the lucky...
Posted: 1:09 pm on November 24th

brocadegoddess brocadegoddess writes: I want! I want!
Posted: 1:03 pm on November 24th

BarbaraHewitt BarbaraHewitt writes: Threads is my very favorite magazine. Every issue includes the very best, in dressmaking. Thank you
Posted: 1:03 pm on November 24th

CelticDiva CelticDiva writes: Looks like a great book! I do love a giveaway!
Posted: 1:02 pm on November 24th

nevadarose nevadarose writes: I am in the process of making retro boutique clothes as they are they are always in fashion in some way. I get more complements on what I make and wear and always asked where did I buy them. To have Horrockses Fashions of the 40's and 50's would give me more to choose from as now I rely on patterns that I find at yard sales or given to me.
Posted: 12:56 pm on November 24th

snowm snowm writes: Pick Me! This looks like a really interesting book! Love the styles from the '40's & '50's!
Posted: 12:55 pm on November 24th

kookoo6 kookoo6 writes: Fashion history was my favorite class in design school it taught me the most about people and human behavior. The 50's are probably the greatest decade for fashion I already have a wonderful collection of vintage from that era, sadly they are to old to wear anymore except on a mannequin and I would love a book like this as clothing made during that time was so well put together from all the pressed seams to the pinking sheared edges. It would be nice to be able to capture that kind of style.

Posted: 12:53 pm on November 24th

DotL DotL writes: I like to use fashion ideas from this period in my clothing. Love dresses.
Posted: 12:51 pm on November 24th

maggiesmom maggiesmom writes: My daughter (18) loves the 40 and 50's style. She's tried altering several patterns and has made several cute jumpers and dresses from that era. I would love to be able to give her this book. What a surprise for her.
Posted: 12:50 pm on November 24th

coolgoolmarty coolgoolmarty writes: Threads has it all from basics to tailoring and extra touches. Now there's the inspiration of early British ready-to-wear.
Can't wait for the next chapter.
Posted: 12:45 pm on November 24th

sewnonnie sewnonnie writes: Would love to have this book to use as a knowledge base for my granddaughters as I teach them to sew. That era used all the great techniques that classic garments include. If you learn the right techniques, you can make anything, and make it well. This book would be an invaluable resource in their learning experineces.
Posted: 12:44 pm on November 24th

blondy12 blondy12 writes: Hornockses Fashions would make a great addition to my library
Posted: 12:43 pm on November 24th

snowm snowm writes: This sound like a really interesting book. I really enjoy looking at fashion from previous eras. The "40's & "50's had some great styles!
Posted: 12:43 pm on November 24th

rosemaryschild rosemaryschild writes: What a great book! I grew up in the 50's-always admired my mothers dresses-still have one!
Posted: 12:42 pm on November 24th

lindarr lindarr writes: Amazon has a great reader review of this book. Being British makes this book especially interesting to me. My mother always dressed well and it would be great to see if I recognize any of the garments, as well as read about British manufacturing.
Posted: 12:42 pm on November 24th

honkytonksue honkytonksue writes: Loved the 50's fashions in highschool. We used to have 50's days. Even had my photo in the year book because of the outfit I created. :)
And as I 'matured' I began to fall in love with the 40's styles that my mother had sewn for herself.
Now my figure has 'matured' and I have to work harder at looking good in them. But I haven't given up yet. :)

And what an awesome Christmas gift for my Mom...the book hound.
She lives very close so I can still borrow it.
(I'll make sure it goes in the will too) mommy loves me...honest!!

Posted: 12:41 pm on November 24th

oldsewandsew oldsewandsew writes: This would be a fascinating book to sea, read, and have! Would love to win it!
I'm from part of that era, so have a great love of vintage clothes 30's-60's.
Posted: 12:40 pm on November 24th

cherylsews cherylsews writes: I loved some of the clothes my mom sewed in the 1950's. I would love to have this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Posted: 12:38 pm on November 24th

carol45 carol45 writes: I was born in the 40's and loved the clothes of the 50's. My mother always looked so great in the dresses she wore in both era's.
Posted: 12:32 pm on November 24th

nehmah nehmah writes: I have one Horrockses pattern from the V&A archives. I learned about this firm on UK sites. It would be lovely to have an actual factual book to read. Nehmah
Posted: 12:32 pm on November 24th

mukluck mukluck writes: This looks like a fantastic book from a magnificent era in women’s clothing, they got it so right! Thanks for bringing it to us :)
Posted: 12:30 pm on November 24th

chifocus chifocus writes: This is a fantastic period; the creativity, the playfulness , and etc... Thank you Threads for continuing to bring us new and old art of fashion.
Posted: 12:30 pm on November 24th

Andzie Andzie writes: I have been sewing all my life and miss the styles of the 50's. Would love to add this book to my library.
Posted: 12:30 pm on November 24th

carol45 carol45 writes: I was born in the 40's and remember the 50's. I loved the clothes of that era.
Posted: 12:28 pm on November 24th

Loesje Loesje writes: This looks like a fabulous book, both as a resource and just fun to read. I am putting it on my Christmas wish list.
Posted: 12:28 pm on November 24th

Zeila Zeila writes: I'd love to have that.beautiful book. I have lots of teens in my life and I enjoy sharing my love of fashion with them.
Posted: 12:28 pm on November 24th

Darkmiss Darkmiss writes: Thank you for all the cool sewing tips. Yours is one of the very few newsletter which I am always looking forward to. I would really love to win this books, it's on my wish list since you announced publication.
Posted: 12:27 pm on November 24th

jdetrick jdetrick writes: I would love to have this book. The thing I like about the fashions of the 40s is that they were styled to fit the body, no matter what the shape. As a result everyone looked as good as possible, rather than covering themselves in big shapeless clothes like we do today. I look forward to being inspired by a time of good craftsmanship in clothing.
Posted: 12:27 pm on November 24th

bevmacek bevmacek writes: I love your newsletter. I am unsubscribing to most of my newsletters from other sources, but Threads is my favorite. I read it from top to bottom. This book sounds very interesting. I would love to win it. I have been a Threads subscriber from the beginning and it is my favorite publication.
Posted: 12:25 pm on November 24th

JustMyType JustMyType writes: Sounds like a great compliment to the Claire McCardell book! McCardell did so much for fashionable, affordable RTW on this side of the Atlantic during the same era. Fashion history books are always great resources for finding great details that make simple pieces look high-end.
Posted: 12:25 pm on November 24th

KCH_Weaver KCH_Weaver writes: What a great combination! History, style and inspiration!
Posted: 12:22 pm on November 24th

memphismilliner memphismilliner writes: Wow! I have been sewing since grammar school; I would love to read about the company.
Posted: 12:19 pm on November 24th

1976nats 1976nats writes: Wow that's alot of replies!. I'm a first year Fashion Degree student, who is currently in information sponge mode...soo if I win you'd be helping me on my path to sucess and it could be the definitive book that helps me break through in the highly competative world of fashion, which I'd remember for the rest of my life and would obviously mention you for many years to come, thereby cementing your amazing magazine in the minds of futur generations!!. I would clearly love to win this book...absolutely looove books and the knowledge they provide..what a great human invention!.

Posted: 12:17 pm on November 24th

aunty_em aunty_em writes: love 40's and 50's fashion! fads come and go, fashion is forever!
Posted: 12:17 pm on November 24th

kittycrowe kittycrowe writes: Thanks so much for the button placement tip! I've wondered for a long time how to do this!
Posted: 12:15 pm on November 24th

CalAggieInTX CalAggieInTX writes: Sounds like a really interesting mix of fashion and history. I'd be fascinated to see inside it.
Posted: 12:15 pm on November 24th

threadjunkie threadjunkie writes: Please enter me in the drawing-

and allow me to recommend "Signature Prints: Jet-Set Glamour of the 60's and 70's" by Roseann Ettinger. It's a nice survey.
Posted: 12:15 pm on November 24th

peej2 peej2 writes: I was watching "Topper" the other day and commented to my son that I don't know how much I loved the movie or if it was the styles. That was made in 1937.
One of the best things about the old movies is looking at the styles of the times. I love the older styles and lament the casual business attire worn in these times. Why can't we swing back to the great old dressing up days?
Posted: 12:14 pm on November 24th

Sewjoe1 Sewjoe1 writes: Hi, new to the group. Would love to win the book, love fashion and sew every day!
Posted: 12:14 pm on November 24th

Sunspot Sunspot writes: Always looking to fid out about fashions of the past . . . I'm not young but I can't quite remember the 50s let alone the 40s!
Posted: 12:13 pm on November 24th

Michigwen Michigwen writes: Wow! This was my era and I loved the fashions. Such aspirations I had. Now I collect vintage clothing buttons and this would be a marvelous reference book. Those that win a copy will thoroughly enjoy a trip down memory lane.
Posted: 12:12 pm on November 24th

CreativeClarity CreativeClarity writes: I'll add this one to my Christmas list! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Posted: 12:12 pm on November 24th

wendy_ware wendy_ware writes: The book cover gives me an idea...
Posted: 12:07 pm on November 24th

meemaw247 meemaw247 writes: I was born in the 40s and remember some of the fashions from the 50s. I didn't know that off the rack clothing was born then! what a wonderful history lesson this book would be! Would love to win it.
Posted: 12:07 pm on November 24th

tennknitter tennknitter writes: This is my 18 year olds favorite fashion era. What can I say - the kid has good taste. This may have to find it's way under the Christmas tree - perhaps with both our names on it!
Posted: 12:07 pm on November 24th

ladylacer ladylacer writes: This looks like a really great book. I love 40's and 50's fashions. I would share it wiht my sewing guild.
Posted: 12:06 pm on November 24th

sunspark sunspark writes: Horrockses Fashions looks inspiring! Creating and inspiring others to create the right clothes for them is my intention. Daily reading and teaching and creating make this book seem just right for me and my students. Thanks for letting us know about it!
Posted: 12:04 pm on November 24th

MMinND MMinND writes: I would really like to win this book for my daughter who is a new sewer and loves to create vintage clothing. It looks like it would be a hit with her! Thank you for bringing this unusual book to my attention.
Posted: 12:04 pm on November 24th

ggsewso ggsewso writes: Sounds like my kind of book!
Posted: 12:03 pm on November 24th

dsharp90 dsharp90 writes: It looks like there are a lot of us interested in this book! It would be a great addition to my library!
Posted: 12:03 pm on November 24th

B2FL8D B2FL8D writes: I would love to have this book. I'm interested to see if her vintage stylings are still present in today's off the rack clothing.

Posted: 11:59 am on November 24th

usew2 usew2 writes: I love those fashions and would really love to win the book.
Posted: 11:57 am on November 24th

idofabric idofabric writes: What a great book !I have a fairly good costume library, but this would be great to add to it- I am always looking for a book that I can use in the theater arts class that tell how and why clothing was made the way it was. Where can we buy it? Thanks for showing it!
Posted: 11:56 am on November 24th

SewcietyMaven SewcietyMaven writes: Sounds like an incredible addition to any creative library!
Posted: 11:55 am on November 24th

Ltvsk3 Ltvsk3 writes: Awesome! I love the fashions of the '40s. Reading everyone's post on here, I can see many of us admire the fashion of those times, it is a wonder how it isn't the style of today! I am beginning my sewing adventure and am pulling my fascinated 8-yr old daughter along for the ride. We do not have any books on fashions of that time and this would be a great beginning for a collection. We currently collect vintage patterns online. Thanks for the article! :) Happy Thanksgiving all!
Posted: 11:54 am on November 24th

amle amle writes: What a beautiful book!
Posted: 11:53 am on November 24th

izzie izzie writes: Looks like an interesting book!
Posted: 11:50 am on November 24th

BarbaraTW BarbaraTW writes: I would love to win this book.
Posted: 11:50 am on November 24th

Loribee Loribee writes: The cover is so interesting - I too want to see what is inside!
Posted: 11:49 am on November 24th

Miss_Kitty Miss_Kitty writes: Sounds like a fascinating book. Like the woman above's daughter I feel I was born in the wrong time too.
Posted: 11:49 am on November 24th

HStorm HStorm writes: Would love to win! Thanks so much!
Posted: 11:48 am on November 24th

eatsallinsects eatsallinsects writes: Oh, my goodness! I made those clothes in the 50s!
If I am not one of the lucky winners, I may have to track down and purchase this book!
Posted: 11:48 am on November 24th

HeavenlyPrincess HeavenlyPrincess writes: Looks intriguing!
Posted: 11:48 am on November 24th

johnsonb johnsonb writes: This sounds like a fascinating book! I'd love to win it but I'll also add it to my Amazon wish list!
Posted: 11:48 am on November 24th

StitchingSiren StitchingSiren writes: Who doesn't want to learn about vinatge clothing! Count me in.
Posted: 11:47 am on November 24th

Pinnie Pinnie writes: Another book for me to drool over.
Posted: 11:47 am on November 24th

Ruffus63 Ruffus63 writes: I saw this cover earlier & I loved the bright prints. One I am thinking of getting to add to my collection.
Posted: 11:46 am on November 24th

brbrcat brbrcat writes: In for the draw.
Posted: 11:46 am on November 24th

LJstudio LJstudio writes: This books sounds great. My life long interest in vintage clothing started with photos of my mother in her clothes in the 40's. So fun.
Posted: 11:44 am on November 24th

dckitty dckitty writes: I'm so tired of clorhes that look like something you can find in any mall. These looks will inspire a truly unique wardrobe!
Posted: 11:42 am on November 24th

carmill carmill writes: The cover caught my interest,I love out of the ordinary items,This is the book I would like to curl up on the couch with. The book and a cup of tea! a perfect evening!!Mildred
Posted: 11:42 am on November 24th

WhiteTiger WhiteTiger writes: My 18 year-old daughter loves to sew but believes she was born into the wrong decade. She LOVES the fashions of the 40's and 50's and made a number of dresses and coats from this era. I would love to be able to give this book to her.
Posted: 11:41 am on November 24th

Martch_hare Martch_hare writes: I just love fashion from those years! I would love to read this book!
Posted: 11:41 am on November 24th

kathy978 kathy978 writes: My great-grandmother was a seamstress who came to the US from Denmark in 1903. She made everything for us including winter coats with 2 matching hats and snow pants. I love vintage fashion and would love to add this book to my library.
Posted: 11:39 am on November 24th

Retro_Girl Retro_Girl writes: I LOVE the styles of the 1950's. This post has given me a whole new world of vintage fashion to explore. Thank you!
Posted: 11:38 am on November 24th

mcclenbea mcclenbea writes: I would really love to read this book!
Posted: 11:37 am on November 24th

goodguys247 goodguys247 writes: I love the elegance of the fashions from the 40's and 50's. I an fascinated by fashion history. I would love to win this book!
Posted: 11:35 am on November 24th

dholm46 dholm46 writes: i have always had in interest in learning how to sew vintage clothing....this book may be just what i am looking for...would love to have this book as a part of my sewing library.
Posted: 11:35 am on November 24th

CinderellaLollipop CinderellaLollipop writes: This book sounds like a valuable resource and a great addition to my library on vintage clothing. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!
Posted: 11:32 am on November 24th

comocosews comocosews writes: I would love to read this book. It would be nice to take some ideas from the past and update it to ideas from today.
Posted: 11:31 am on November 24th

CarolJane CarolJane writes: I'm a bridal seamstress and would totally love this book, both for my own interests and those of my clients!
Posted: 11:30 am on November 24th

TRACIEJB TRACIEJB writes: Fashion is temporary and expensive, never permitting one to be true to oneself; but style, true style, is timeless and unique. Horrockses Fashions seemed to realize that truth and made a business out of i.

I'd really enjoy seeing how they did this.
Posted: 11:27 am on November 24th

kimimaginethat kimimaginethat writes: I love looking at fashions from other times. I'm fascinated by the construction of different styles. Looks like a wonderful book.

Posted: 11:23 am on November 24th

Emma_Peel Emma_Peel writes: This book fascinates me,and I must have it. Mostly I work with wedding gowns to restore or restyle, but anything vintage is in my heart.
Posted: 11:23 am on November 24th

lroll lroll writes: As a costumer for many theatre groups, this book would be a nice addition to my reference material.
Posted: 11:22 am on November 24th

EskimoLady EskimoLady writes: Pleaaaasssse let me win. I have spent the last 2 months sanding, staining, and varnishing as my guy and I have built towers for our walk-in closet, bedside stands with bookcases above, computer workstation. The project is now coming to an end as we have to be out of his daughter's bedroom by Friday when she comes home to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. I have not been able to sew in all that time because I also commute to full time job 45 minutes away from home. Now that the project is almost done, I can envision setting up my sewing machine and executing some exquisite designs from yesteryear for New Years Eve. I am also looking for designs for a dance we attend each year in a hanger in July. We ride the Harley all over the country (when we are not taking on major remodeling projects, working or commuting or sewing or dancing). The theme of the dance each year is the big band era. In fact, if you ever get to hear Ladies Must Swing, your feet will keep tapping long afterwards. I would like to find pictures of motorcycle gear from the 40s to wear to the dance next summer. If you have any suggestions, please share them.
Posted: 11:21 am on November 24th

bluewillow bluewillow writes: What a pretty cover! It tempts me to look inside.
Posted: 11:19 am on November 24th

ClaraVoyant ClaraVoyant writes: I'd love to win this fabulous book, please enter me!
Posted: 11:18 am on November 24th

dail42 dail42 writes: What a fascinating looking book! It would add greatly to my collection.
Posted: 11:16 am on November 24th

msmyra msmyra writes: I enjoy this website, so much info. It helps me a lot. Please enter me in the drawing too!
Posted: 11:15 am on November 24th

stsimon stsimon writes: I think that the attraction of clothes from this period is that they acknowledge the body underneath, and indeed try to enhance it. My teenage years had the shift dress (ugh, no way to look good in it), plus every year a fashion change that you had to adhere to. Before the shift it was those circle skirts that needed a crinoline to look good--I remember starching mine with sugar water and laying it out on the grass to dry, to the delight of the resident ants!
Posted: 11:15 am on November 24th

sweetz sweetz writes: I have never heard of Horrockses. Wow, my sewing education is so lacking. What a wonderful way to learn about the company, and that era of fashion.


Posted: 11:15 am on November 24th

MorningMorna MorningMorna writes: I always anything on vintage clothing--from the 50's back. I wish I could wear nothing, but vintage style clothing.
Posted: 11:14 am on November 24th

threadlady7 threadlady7 writes: I Love to read about vintage clothing.
Posted: 11:14 am on November 24th

fabricgirl56 fabricgirl56 writes: This looks like a fabulous addition to my library - hopefully!
Posted: 11:14 am on November 24th

mirela mirela writes: What a great book!
Posted: 11:11 am on November 24th

CostumeGeri2 CostumeGeri2 writes: I love getting and reading Threads eletters and often refer to them in my costume classes and workshops. This book would make a great addition to my resources and for my personal library. Thanks to Threads for the offer. Keep the magazine coming!
Posted: 11:10 am on November 24th

rubicat rubicat writes: I had forgotten all about Horrockses - I'd only heard of them in passing and it was long ago. I'd love to read this - fascinating!
Posted: 11:07 am on November 24th

rosetulip rosetulip writes: Please add my name to the drawing. I love 40s style clothing.
Posted: 11:07 am on November 24th

Sew_Compulsive Sew_Compulsive writes: This looks like a great book for vintage design inspiration!
Posted: 11:03 am on November 24th

tomsmama2 tomsmama2 writes: I've always found the styles from this time period fascinating. Would love to win but can't win without entering so please be sure to "throw my name in the hat"!
Posted: 11:02 am on November 24th

LoSok27 LoSok27 writes: I would love to add this to my library!
Posted: 11:00 am on November 24th

sandyandcosmo sandyandcosmo writes: I would love to spend a winter afternoon curled up with a cup of tea and this book!
Posted: 11:00 am on November 24th

LoSok27 LoSok27 writes: I would love to add this to my library!
Posted: 11:00 am on November 24th

LoSok27 LoSok27 writes: I would love to add this to my library!
Posted: 11:00 am on November 24th

LoSok27 LoSok27 writes: I would love to add this to my library!
Posted: 11:00 am on November 24th

TracyMcD TracyMcD writes: I am lucky enough to live very close to the Fashion and Textile Museum here in London where I saw the recent exhibition on Horrocks dresses and designs a couple of times. It was a fantastic display with many original dresses, playsuits and dressing gowns. The designs were timeless and wonderfully executed.

Even better was a display of many of the original cotton print fabrics and the working notes of the designers.

Whoever wins this book (and I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's me!) wil love it.
Posted: 10:59 am on November 24th

jgflo jgflo writes: My Granddaughter is studying fashion design in college. This would be a wonderful resource for her.
Posted: 10:57 am on November 24th

smfsprout smfsprout writes: Wow. What a treasure this would be to add to my collection. Thanks.
Posted: 10:54 am on November 24th

sewzany842 sewzany842 writes: This would be an awesome book to add to my collection. Sometimes I think I read more about sewing than sew!
Posted: 10:49 am on November 24th

rakijaa rakijaa writes: Yes, please enter me! The V&A has a pattern available for free download, for a 50's dress. If memory serves me, it was a Horrockses day dress. Anyway, it is lovely, and best of all-FREE! Here is the link-
Posted: 8:32 am on November 24th

heidilyn heidilyn writes: Absolutely want this book! : )
Posted: 8:07 am on November 24th

elizabeth001au elizabeth001au writes: This era is unspirational for me. Would love to own this book.
Posted: 7:34 am on November 24th

penguingrrl penguingrrl writes: This era has so many great styles. I just made a pattern from 1957 (reprint) and would love to see more styles from then.
Posted: 1:54 am on November 24th

SewLucky09 SewLucky09 writes: I love the 40's and 50's. This book would be awesome to have.
Posted: 1:04 am on November 24th

frabjouse frabjouse writes: I am looking forward to learn more about the subject. I wonder if there is more information on how the garments were produced and the business background of the label, how people perceived them when they first appeared.
Posted: 12:00 am on November 24th

jebeitz jebeitz writes: I'm an early Baby Boomer and started making my own clothes in the fifties because when the "sack" dress became stylish my Mother didn't like the style. She wouldn't make one for me and said if I wanted one I had to make it myself. I did and the rest is history.
Posted: 10:20 pm on November 23rd

LittleFish LittleFish writes: I want to look at the pretty pictures. Please.
Posted: 10:18 pm on November 23rd

YLDesigns YLDesigns writes: It would be fabulous to add this book to my private reference library!
Posted: 10:08 pm on November 23rd

mulewagon mulewagon writes: This sounds like a delightful book. I love the quality of early-to-mid twentieth century clothes.
Posted: 9:11 pm on November 23rd

unoluigi unoluigi writes: My mother is a beautiful sewer, and made many gorgeous garments while she was in her teens. She taught me to sew. I have 3 daughters, the eldest of whom is now beginning to sew for herself. She loves vintage fashion, and has a kind of Grace Kelly look going. A book like this would be a treasure for generations in my family. We're all the way over in Australia - hope this doesn't rule us out of the competition?
Posted: 9:10 pm on November 23rd

Out_West Out_West writes: I love non-fiction! How cool to read some history on fashion, what a great 4-H demonstration/talk this would be!
Posted: 8:20 pm on November 23rd

Menaturally Menaturally writes: OMG what that was such a classic era. I would love to win this book!!!
Posted: 7:29 pm on November 23rd

Laura_Mae Laura_Mae writes: What a fabulous book! The 40s and 50s are two of my favorite fashion decades, although the 40s are in the top spot these days simply because I don't have enough closet space for too many more full skirts and petticoats!
Posted: 6:43 pm on November 23rd

organdy organdy writes: this is a wonderful contest to enter -- just sign in, please -- and win a visual, vintage delight! thanks, Threads!
Posted: 5:56 pm on November 23rd

Sewfunnytroy Sewfunnytroy writes: This looks like a great read, warm tea in the bed with PJ's on & reading this makes me want to sew all the more . . . . .

I just finished reading a book based on the roaring 1920's & the fashion is so flattering; this book makes me want to try out the fashions listed and attempt some of the techniques.

I am keeping my threads crossed that I win!
Posted: 4:25 pm on November 23rd

CarolSewsAZ CarolSewsAZ writes: The 40's and 50's had such classic styling. How great it would be to have that at my fingertips. Please, let me win!
Carol :)
Posted: 4:06 pm on November 23rd

nanflan nanflan writes: I'd love to win this book!I'm sure it's great since it's Taunton.
Posted: 3:54 pm on November 23rd

lou19 lou19 writes: This book has amazing illustrations. Well worth winning or buying
Posted: 3:38 pm on November 23rd

LebecEgirl LebecEgirl writes: I too would love to win this book. I have been teaching children to sew once a month and they have sooo many questions! It would be fun to share this book with my students.
Posted: 3:20 pm on November 23rd

organdy organdy writes: I'm keen to enter, too!
Posted: 3:11 pm on November 23rd

textilecrazy textilecrazy writes: What an interesting book! The name reminds me of the latest Harry Potter movie and their search for the horcruxes. I wonder...did J.K. Rowling, or her mother have some clothes from Horrockses Fashions? I've always been amazed at all of the words she has invented for these books.
Posted: 2:44 pm on November 23rd

MollyMolly MollyMolly writes: I read about this in the last issue, sounds amazing!
Posted: 2:17 pm on November 23rd

elegantmusings elegantmusings writes: Please enter me!!! I have had this on my Amazon wishlist for ages and would love to add it to my fashion history shelf. ;)
Posted: 2:12 pm on November 23rd

GinnyLynn GinnyLynn writes: I can't describe how thrilled I would be to win this book! I'm fascinated by vintage style, especially with finer details incorporated into them. I've been known to get lost for hours researching these looks and places to find patterns.
Posted: 1:52 pm on November 23rd

momalice momalice writes: the history of the 40's and 50's styles are fascinating!
Posted: 1:36 pm on November 23rd

kkegeland kkegeland writes: oh! I want!
Posted: 1:32 pm on November 23rd

AdelaideB AdelaideB writes: This book has been on my wishlist for some time. So great!
Posted: 1:15 pm on November 23rd

Couturegirl Couturegirl writes: V&A always publishes the best fashion books!
Posted: 1:09 pm on November 23rd

heather371 heather371 writes: What wonderful inspiration this would be to have in my sewing room. Being that I'm self taught sewer and only a little over a year now. I can sure use all the inspiration I can find.
Posted: 1:00 pm on November 23rd

elfstone elfstone writes: Wow! Sounds like a great asset to anyone's sewing "library". Wonderful history!
Posted: 12:39 pm on November 23rd

shaniqua shaniqua writes: Oooh, that book would look good on my bookshelf.
Posted: 12:32 pm on November 23rd

zeldao1 zeldao1 writes: sounds like a fascinating book! As someone with a keen interest in history this would be a great addition to my personal library.
Posted: 12:25 pm on November 23rd

FryeStyle FryeStyle writes: Fabulous giveaway Threads! I'd love to be a winner!
Posted: 12:15 pm on November 23rd

Sewandsews Sewandsews writes: How exciting! Are any of their fashion patterns available today? I can't wait for this book to be available! I'm adding it to my Christmas list right now just in case!
Posted: 12:04 pm on November 23rd

betsyb2 betsyb2 writes: Sounds interesting!
Posted: 11:58 am on November 23rd

samty samty writes: Wow! What a great sounding book. Great period in fashion. Would love to win this book.
Posted: 11:39 am on November 23rd

SewVB SewVB writes: Thanks for the offering. I don't know much about Britains' fashion from that Era except for what I've seen in movies. Would love it if I won this :)
Posted: 11:38 am on November 23rd

SewTellMe SewTellMe writes: Sounds amazing!
Posted: 11:38 am on November 23rd

Sondraleigh Sondraleigh writes: Oh, what a brilliant book! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win it. *fingers crossed* <3
Posted: 11:32 am on November 23rd

WillaMcNeill WillaMcNeill writes: Please include me! This book sounds fascinating.
Posted: 10:54 am on November 23rd

Zippylady Zippylady writes: This would be a wonderful addition to my library. I love those decades for their style. The fabrics on the cover are just my kind of colors and prints. Thanks Threads!
Posted: 10:52 am on November 23rd

SewingSteph SewingSteph writes: I love fashion during this time period and would love to have this book for inspiration!
Posted: 10:48 am on November 23rd

RitaHutchesonCobbs RitaHutchesonCobbs writes: Totally exciting!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this rockin' awesome book! Hugs by the tons and Happy Holidays!
Thanks, Rita
Posted: 10:42 am on November 23rd

racu racu writes: It looks great, my daughter and I love fashion of that era.
Posted: 10:41 am on November 23rd

stitchindeb stitchindeb writes: I love looking at designs from the past, amazing how those are being repeated in today's styles!
From a pattern drafters view point I use books like this for inspiration for my students.
Posted: 10:22 am on November 23rd

coolmommy coolmommy writes: The 40's and 50's are my favorite fashion eras. This book would be a wonderful addition to my collection!
Posted: 10:09 am on November 23rd

Celia_Gravens Celia_Gravens writes: I would love to give this book to my daughter Emily. She is a very creative seamstress and quilter! She would devour this book!
Posted: 10:08 am on November 23rd

krisla krisla writes: That sounds fascinating! I would love to look inside that book!
Posted: 10:05 am on November 23rd

joodiebee joodiebee writes: This sounds like a great book! I tend to wear clothes that aren't right off the rack, so I'd love to look through it but it would also make an awesome wedding present for my friend Cathy who teaches clothing design in the Tech Magnet program for our local high schools!
Posted: 10:02 am on November 23rd

Hyacinth19 Hyacinth19 writes: I would love to win this! I am teaching a class on the "History of Clothing" next semester and could really use this as a resource.

Nancy :)
Posted: 9:47 am on November 23rd

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