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about how sewing was taught in the 20's
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Date: 6/24/12 11:57 PM

They didn't make garments! They practiced tasks... i.e. how to make plackets, and collars and darts, etc. This is so interesting!

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Date: 6/25/12 8:11 AM

I love it. I hated sewing in Home Ec, as I already knew how to sew and had made dresses already. It was so boring. But I think this was more along the line of mastering techniques, rather than how to operate a machine, which I think home ec boiled down to. In the sewing part of the class, we made and apron and a skirt, not necessarily mastering any technique along the way.

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Date: 6/25/12 8:35 AM

Really cool link, thanks for sharing!

I took county extension sewing lessons in the '70's because my Mom thought it was a proper thing for girls to do. We made hideous palazzo pants with a drawstring waist that I never wore. Seems like back then all "beginner" projects were some ugly shapeless garment that could be made with minimal fitting - but what is the point if you're never gonna wear it?

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Date: 6/25/12 11:20 AM

I took as many Home Ec sewing classes as I could in High School. This included a couple semesters of "Independant Study." I couldn't wait to get through the first part of class where we had to make samples just like these. I wanted to get on to the fun stuff where I could make my own clothes. My teacher was very picky about everything, but I sewed to her standards and consider her my sewing mentor to this day.

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Date: 6/25/12 11:53 AM

Interesting! I took sewing lessons like that about ten years ago, and it was definitely not a good match to my learning style. (We spent the whole 8 weeks perfecting darts--just sewing them neatly, not even fitting or rotating or any of the myriad USEFUL things to learn about darts!--a technique not used in Renaissance costuming, which is really all I sew.)

I was so frustrated that I quit those lessons, had a good cry, and decided I would teach myself. Two weeks later, I had my first gown (a simple sleeveless overdress, but still! It was finished!). And I've been adding to my skill set AND MY WARDROBE ever since. (Still don't do a whole lotta darts, though! LOL)

I took the basic required home ec class in 8th grade, but didn't realize until my senior year in high school that they even offered sewing classes! Everyone was so focused on pushing me along the academic track, I missed out on all the really awesome stuff that would be so useful to know, like wood shop and auto mechanics!

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Date: 6/25/12 3:59 PM

Wow, that is pretty cool! I especially liked that she included the finished product in her notebook as very tactile reminders of how something was done versus a drawing.

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Date: 6/25/12 8:39 PM

Ah! This is so much like my Butterick book, The Art of Dressmaking that I have for sale here on PR. Here's a sample page: click here
It's really fascinating to see that they weren't totally interested in pattern sewing, but moreso in the techniques of making a garment.

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Date: 6/25/12 11:23 PM

The notebook is a great idea. After you learn the technique, you can go back and review it at a later date.

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Date: 6/26/12 3:08 AM

at my year long sewing class (only a few weeks left now!) we have been learning a different technique nearly every week. This week was pleating, last week was mocking, and in class yesterday I caught up with the petersham samples I hadnt done yet.

I now have a quite full folder of samples, which are nearly all done. It's been a lengthy journey making them all, but it has taught me a lot. I think it is worth doing, as some techniques would take you quite a while to tackle if they are not in a project you are working on.

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Date: 6/27/12 9:08 PM

So fun to read!

I recently took a sewing class and the structure was similar - make a portfolio of sewing "tasks" (e.g., seams, zippers, pockets, facings) out of muslin. If I understand correctly this may be common in sewing classes for students on a fashion design education path (that's not me - I'm only sewing for my own family) and building a portfolio of these small sewing samples is an important part of thier professional development. I thought it was a great way to learn!

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