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Cherrypops | Posted in General Discussion on

i love this website .

I have the book ‘modern pattern design’ by harriet pepin.

The complete book is available to read for free on the site. go to the main page and browse ‘1940’s’ you will see a link for table of contents and then links to each chapter. http://vintagesewing.info/1940s.html

there is so much info on this site from Sewing in 1893 to making hats and gloves of the 1950’s.

A wonderful library in your home for all to admire and learn from.

I highly recommend it.


Edited 6/22/2007 8:38 am by Cherrypops


  1. user-217847 | | #1

    Hi there  Cherry pops,                                                                                               you will be pleased to hear I neither drowned nor washed away with the flood waters that devistated our  neighbourhood, thank heavens I could not have spared the time. can I ask you where did you get hold of the book? i've visited the site before and downloaded a couple of topics but the entire book would be wonderful. Also has fabrics direct re opened yet?

    your friend in sewing,


    1. Cherrypops | | #2

      Hi Wombat,

      I found and won the book from Ebay Australia. $60, very good condition for its age.

      I haven't received any emails or postal mail outs from Fine Wools Direct yet. Their website still shows the Camperdown address. I did send an email but no reply.

      Glad you are ok!




      Edited 6/23/2007 8:15 am by Cherrypops

  2. jjgg | | #3

    Hi Cherrypops.I'm back from my hike, I did a bit over 500 miles, I still have about 700 more miles to complet the entire Appalachian trail

    1. Cherrypops | | #4

      Hi and welcome back..

      The book is wonderful ....thank you so much for making me aware of it.


      1. carool | | #5

        I've just found this site and when I read about the book Oh wonderful, I love reading about sewing in the years gone by. I live in the UK and I have a book called "make do and mend" which was published during the war and gives advice on sewing with what little there was about then. One day I will also have another book published about that time which was my Mother's and was appropriated by my Stepmother (she is 91 in Sept). They really are facinating to read, and of course cover pattern drawing as well.



        1. Gloriasews | | #8

          Make Do & Mend would be a really interesting read!  Who is the author?  It always surprises me when I read these books that so many of the good ideas aren't used today!

        2. Cherrypops | | #10

          I typed make do and mend into google and the first few links gave me more insight. One included other articles, from "the board of trade". very interesting. Thanks Carool.

    2. Gloriasews | | #7

      Wow!  How impressive!  500 miles!  How long did it take?  You must be in much better shape than the rest of us!  When are you going to do the rest of the 700?  Good luck!

  3. Gloriasews | | #6

    I love this site, too, Anna-Maree!  Thanks for the vintage info.  I'll have to look further into that site whenever I have enough time (I at least have lots of paper to print out stuff)!  Lots to learn on that site!

    1. Cherrypops | | #9

      I have the paper just not the time. I even thought of copying an pasting certain pages into a pdf and saving them onto a cd. might still do that with the 1950's articles.

      1. Gloriasews | | #11

        I'll just be printing the ones I especially want & put them in a binder.  (If I put them on a CD, I'm not likely to check them out very often).  Very interesting stuff!  Will also look into the "Mend & Make Do" info that you gave to Carol.  Thanks!

        1. Cherrypops | | #12

          Gloria, i think you mean "Make do and Mend" google search that. a book of the same name is at Amazon UK - author Katie Ebben, write up is very similar to the book Carol mentions. This may be the updated version I don't know.


          1. Gloriasews | | #13

            Sorry - I did indeed turn around the title - thanks for the info!

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