The family treasure was this:
The Practical Art - Complete Method of Dressmaking
(or something like that!)
Now I can't read spanish, but my Miss V can - this book has been in her family for quite a while and her Aunt won't let it out of her sight for long. But she's let it of her sight long enough for me to see it and for Miss V to photocopy the whole thing for me! It doesn't have a date on it, but from the illustrations I think its from the 1940s. Wait till you see what was inside!
The book starts out with how to do your measurements to make patterns, and then basic pattern pieces (blouse front and backs, skirts etc):
And then moves onto variations - and there are A LOT of variations!
A beautiful wrap skirt
A gorgeous ruffle front on a pencil style skirt
Some of the blouses were amazing:
See the illustration on the right showing you how to make your pattern piece
Look at all these collars! I love the one on the bottom left
And these sleeves! There were two pages of sleeve variations
And then it covered different types of capes - this was my favourite one:
I love the way it ties from the centre back around the waist!
After that it went onto more complex and difficult things like:
Playsuits and shorts...
Girdles!! (I was so excited by this page - you have no idea!)...
Then it went on to cover mens wear, kids clothing and baby clothing. I didn't take photos of them because I was so excited I had to have a lie down!
The fabulous thing about this book is its diagrams. They are clear and I can understand what they are saying regardless of the fact that I can't speak spanish. I'm looking forward to getting my photocopied copy and having some time to have a play with the designs!
Oh, and I've also googled this book and the author, hoping I could come up with my own copy but I have yet to find it... cross your fingers for me!
Does your family have any treasures like this, that to most people is junk, but to people like me is a gold mine???