A word from the experts

June 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Yesterday I took some time out from my projects to have a fossick through the biannual Lifeline Bookfest at South Brisbane. Find of the day was this vintage dressmaking book by Sydney furniture manufacturer and retailer Bebarfalds, whose flagship store stood opposite Town Hall on one of the main streets of Sydney for about 120 years. As well as furniture, they became known for Bluebird sewing machines. You can read more about the company’s history here and here.

There’s all kinds of useful advice in this book and everything is described by its proper name – such as the Double-Stitched French Welt Seam, Nap Plackets and Nun Tucks! A wealth of tailoring expertise to draw upon…

The Better Dressmaker sewing book


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