Our driving purpose here at Colette Patterns is to help educate a new generation of sewists, a group who may not have had the chance to learn arts and crafts from their mothers or grandmothers.
So we love that one of Amy Barickman’s main hopes for her book Vintage Notions is to rescue knowledge from a previous generation, and to pass it on to “the new generation of creative spirits.”
The book is dedicated to Mary Brooks Picken, a revolutionary businesswoman and educator who founded the The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in Scranton Pennsylvania in in 1916.
Students came from around the world to attend the school. Peak attendance was nearly 300,000 making it the largest school in history dedicated solely to the education of women. The institute was affordable to attend, generated income for students and elevated the value of their work.
Amy’s book is primarily composed of articles that ran in the Institute’s Inspiration and Fashion Service newsletters, publications that ran from 1912 to 1934.
The book is grouped into 4 sections based on the season. At the back of each section is a little pocket where you can store notes, notions and any other inspiration you’ve found pertaining to that season.
Throughout the book are Magic Patterns, easy to make garment instructions published in the Institute’s original format and wording. (They have been tested for accuracy.)
If this looks like a book you would enjoy, leave us a comment below explaining why!
We will choose the winner this Monday 8/19 so be sure to post your comment by midnight PST on Sunday.
Update: This contest is now closed. Thank you for your comments and congratulations to our winner, Angela Harrison!