Thursday, January 8, 2015

Voices from the Past: 1940s Seamstress Documents Her Work

How well do you document how you sewed a garment? Or do you document your changes at all?

The seamstress who sewed this very fine man's 1940s sports jacket in the mid-1950s wrote copious notes that detail her steps to construct this garment and then tucked them in the pattern envelope.

Not only are there a plethora of measurements, she describes numerous details about how many of what were used and exact placements of buttons, buttonholes, pockets, and more.  Read these notes and be impressed with the level of detail - I am!

Here are two hand-made pocket pieces that were included with the notes.


  1. I love reading your posts of tips and information you have proven to be helpful.

  2. This is fantastic! I really need to get on documenting my pieces better and more consistently!

    1. This had to be THE most detailed documentation I have ever seen. Even the measurements for this sewist are detailed beyond the usual. I am happy that this has inspired you, Emileigh!