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An unknown Bishop Method book

DONNAKAYE | Posted in General Discussion on

Folks, I have a book by Marie Kehr, a certified Bishop Method teacher and a contemporary of mother’s, that she self-published in 1985.  Mom (Audrey T. Childress) was among the reading and editing committee members for the book.  The other two were Kitty Rotruck (mom’s first teacher) and Carolyn Thurman, another of mom’s contemporaries.

I am so excited to have finally found this among mother’s things.  There was a lengthy, detailed discussion, as I recall, about a year or so ago, where certain questions were asked about garments falling back off the shoulder line, depth of the armscye and alterations to the armscye and sleeve, the height of the sleeve cap, etc.  This book answers all of those questions AND MORE.  To my knowledge, no published work contains as many of the BISHOP METHOD ingredients for a perfect sloper fit in one volume as this one does.  Also, someone recently requested information about the sequence of fitting.  That is also contained in this gem.

The book is entitled Look Your Best In Clothes That Fit: How to Alter Patterns and Ready-to-Wear.  I am attaching a photocopy of one of the opening pages that shows a photograph of Edna Bryte Bishop (a photograph of her is hard to find these days) and mom’s teacher, Kitty Rotruck, and the credits page in the front of the book with mom’s name.  Also attached the Table of Contents and a one-page description of Volumes I and II.  I am attempting to track down a former Bishop teacher with whom I am acquainted who was a student of Marie Kehr to see if I can learn whether or not Marie ever published Volume II, as I do not find it among mother’s things.

Y’all get back to me and let me know what your sloper fitting problems are and I’ll explore the answers in this fabulous book for you.  Unfortunately, the book does not include pants fitting, but the four sections included are (1) Basic Information; (2) Skirt Alterations; (3) Bodice Alterations; and (4) Sleeve Alterations.

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    Becky-book | | #1

    Wow, I wish that book was still in print! What are the chances of finding one used, I wonder....BeckyAnswer my own Question... the only one I saw on Amazon is now on order for..... ME!!!

    Edited 7/26/2008 10:16 pm ET by Becky-book

    1. DONNAKAYE | | #2

      Wow!  There really was one for sale on Amazon?  That's fabulous!  I'm going to start a hunt for another copy too!

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