Free Sewing Inspiration: Simplicity Preview, April 1958

This image just begs for creative captioning.

I’ve been scanning and hoarding, scanning and hoarding lately, revelling in old paper and list-making. Bookworm heaven. Learning new software, working on a real live sewist/compulsive archivist type site design. Even brushing up on my sad, sad French skills because I want to work on some translations of old French pattern drafting books. (Can you tell I’m desperate for brainwork post-college? I was in school so long I can’t function without the structure and the immersion in a subject; sewing history is seriously keeping me from losing my mind as suburban middle age overtakes me.)

Anyway, I thought I’d share a free PDF I made of a vintage pattern mini-catalog. It’s too fragile for much handling so it was a good candidate for scanning practice. 🙂 It’s a fun little piece of Audrey-Hepburn-in-her-heyday inspiration, particularly appropriate since I’m mourning the fact that Mad Men wrapped up. I haven’t seen any of the final season yet–I’m trying to dodge spoilers till Netflix puts up the final season and I can lose three days to drooling over Jon Hamm and Janie Bryant’s costume work as fully as they deserve.

(click here to download the pdf)



5 thoughts on “Free Sewing Inspiration: Simplicity Preview, April 1958”

  1. Reblogged this on Through The Byzantine Gate and commented:
    Amanda Wynn at “a word is elegy to what it signifies” has scanned this little treasure of a 1958 Simplicty Pattern mini-catalog and made it available for downloading. I consider it another addition to my Dressmaker’s Library. There are many good ideas and they look easy enough to recreate. Enjoy! Thank you, Amanda!

  2. I’ve enjoyed your posts, especially the very funny WI one. I can certainly identify! There is to be a new exhibit starting in July at the National Portrait Gallery in London about the life of Audrey Hepburn, including her work in fashion.

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