Free PDF Downloadable File: Vintage Sewing Guide for advanced clothing construction

Free Downloadable Vintage Sewing Guide (Date unknown)

Creative Sewing: Techniques of advanced clothing construction
Prepared by Dorothy L. Barrier, Extension Clothing Specialist
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Available at URL:

Click on the “PDF Viewer” Button to open the document.
After PDF Viewer opens click on the “Downlaod this PDF” link in the left hand corner above the cover of the booklet.
Give the file a name and select the drive on your PC to save it to.

This PDF file is from the University of Florida Digital Collections, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Note: I cannot clearly date when this guide was written but there is a look to the illustrations and graphics that remind me of the late 1950s-early 1960s. Some of the techniques also appear in “Couture Sewing Techniques” by Claire Shaeffer, such as the one for eliminating bulky seamlines on a sleeveless bodice armhole facing.

The guide is 10 pages consisting of line drawings with conscise and clear instructions. I would recommend this for someone who is at the intermediate – beginning advanced level of sewing.


6 thoughts on “Free PDF Downloadable File: Vintage Sewing Guide for advanced clothing construction

  1. Thanks for including accessible educational material for those of us studying at home. I just happened to be reading a book and recognized the drawings used in the “Creative Sewing” bulletin. I believe the hardback book (copyright 1967) is the source document for this bulletin. There are about 100 well-written, illustrated articles, 222 pages. Would be happy to provide the title.


    • Carol, I’m so glad to have helped out here. My late Grandmother Josie & my Mom believed educational material should be accessible to everyone. They told me if I was ever going to teach it would be a moral responsibility to make everything understandable and comprehensible so that anyone could be motivated to try and learn about sewing and dressmaking.

      I think it is especially important today that people have this info because of the severe economic situation we are facing. Talent is talent and the right educational material will bring it out. And sometimes it’s not a matter of money but of encouragement and mental stimulation that is needed to cultivate the talent.

      I’d love to have the title of the hardback book that could be the source of the bulletin. I often go on scavenger hunts through google looking for whatever I can find that is in the public domain so this title will go on my list!

      I’m studying at home, too. It’s the only way to get back into the groove for me. I’d love to take classes and get a certificate but that’s not on the roadmap right now. So I’ll be happy to attend the School of Experience and learn that way at home!


  2. Emily, I grew up surrounded by books. My mother was a librarian, my dad a writer. Today I am reading everything I can related to hand sewing and tailoring, building a reference library, and making samples to understand construction techniques. So many times what you have written in your blog has illuminated my way forward.
    I’m not in the business of selling books or patterns. The title of the book is “A Collection of Sewing Tips by World Famous Designers, the Spadea Sewing Book”, edited by Dale Cavanagh, Spadea Publishing Co., Inc.,1967. I love that the articles in this book originally were newspaper columns, so maybe there is a free online way to view them. “You’re Sew Right” was the newspaper column.
    A few years ago I found a copy of “Clothing Construction” by Evelyn A. Mansfield, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1953, for 75 cents in a thrift store! (listed in the bibliography of Claire B. Shaeffer’s “Couture Sewing Techniques”, 2007) (1st ed.) This was used as a college textbook and does show how to make the styles popular then in a pretty technical way.


  3. Sorry to bother you again. Just found an accessible copy of J.E. Liberty’s Practical Tailoring, 1933, (the 1955 edition was listed in Claire Schaeffer’s bibliography), by searching “j e liberty”. It’s at At the end of the posting are suggestions from members as how best to download it. I’ve downloaded it as each individual page which is a little cumbersome, but how exciting to find it. Wouldn’t have found it but for your posting about the importance of accessibility.


  4. Hi Carol. No bother at all! I’ll have to check this out when there’s time. Wish I had more of it right now but work is a crushing rushing situation right now. Thanks for the link and your participation.


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