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Heirloom Sewing Book

user-209603 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’m looking for a book called Heirloom Sewing for Jack & Jill by Martha Pullen.  I took a class on heirloom sewing and the teacher drew some of her information from this book.  I thumbed through it and would really love to have a copy.  It is now out of print and I haven’t have any luck finding it on ebay.  If anyone has a good copy that they wouldn’t mind selling, I’d love to know.  I have a three year old daughter that I look forward to making many heirloom dresses for and would love to have this book for reference; and some day tuck away with her trunk of dresses for her.  Thanks in advance!



  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    http://www.marthapullen.com has lots of great info that will help you.  Mary

  2. Ocrafty1 | | #2

    I have several back issues of Sew Beautiful, but have never bought the books.  I've always been able to adapt other patterns to those that she showcases in her magazines. I made an heirloom christening gown last yr. using ideas and basic techniques from those magazines.  I love doing heirloom! 

    I have an 80 yr. old client who loves to wear vintage lace and netting tops and dresses.  She manages to find old laces and trims that can be used to repair or slightly enlarge the clothing for her.  I just had her over today for a final fitting on a gorgeous blouse (Martha's Sewing Room was on PBS when she was here and she was oohing and ahhing) and she brought a dress that she'd bought at a 'rummage sale' that our local museum had held...all clothing was $1.00!  I wish I'd known about that.  They didn't advertise...it was word of mouth...apparently only passed on to a select group of people....  Anyway, this dress is from the early teens to 1920's...I can't wait to get started on it.  There are some rust stains on it from the hooks and eyes.  If I can get them out, I won't really have to do much...but if not...I get to play and see what I can save or remake. 

    Good luck and please post some pics of the heirloom sewing you do.


    1. user-209603 | | #3

      Thanks, Deb.  Sounds like you have quite a lot of fun with your sewing.  I started sewing about 5 years ago.  Both my grandmothers were good seamstresses, one in particular did more than the other and enjoyed sewing competitions and heirloom sewing.  When she was willing and able to teach me I was at that stage in my life when I wasn't interested in anything like that.  I got married and my husband bought me a machine, then we had a little girl and I really got the bug so he bought me an embroidery machine.  I told him about 3 years ago, when I picked up my first issue of Sew Beautiful, that I probably wouldn't get involved with heirloom style sewing, I just liked looking at all the "pretties" in the magazine......famous last words!  Now is the time for me to be doing all this heirloom sewing for my little girl because I can do the frilly, cutesy things because she is only three. 

      I've definately learned a lot from the Sew Beautiful magazine, but to have this book would be fabulous!  I'm such a sentimental person that I would love to be able to one day, (in 80 years), pass this book to my daughter as a keepsake.  I know that there are soooo many other books I could use, but when I thumbed through this book at my sewing class, I definately got stuck on "I've got to have one of these!" 

      Sounds like you've got a fun project ahead...happy sewing!

  3. jatman | | #4

    There are a couple of copies of this one for sale on abebooks.com but they are around $600.00 USD!  Yikes.  Hopefully you'll find one eventually on eBay.  Looks like it might have originally had a packet of patterns with the book - something to watch for in case someone on eBay is selling one.


  4. Cherrypops | | #5

    amazon.com has Hardcover copies for around $600

    http://www.oksewingandvacuum.com/index.htm have it listed in their Book Listing

    email is [email protected] suggest you write to them and ask about availablity and prices - paperback or hardcover - shipping etc.

    An Ebay listing which ended in April, the pattern sold for $46.56 US. Hope this link works.


    Currently Ebay.com has a Signed Copy of the Book for $599; JacobsenBooks is the seller.

    Both patterns and book seem to be very scarce, I wish you well in finding one.

    Cp - sydney australia




  5. jatman | | #6

    Hi Sassy sewer,

    There is one for sale on eBay right now and it appears to have the patterns with it.  Bidding ends on June 10th and you probably can expect to have to bid pretty high in order to win but I doubt you'll have to bid up to $600 USD!  Good luck!




    1. Cherrypops | | #7

      Way to go JT! I missed that one, I hope your post is read in time.

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