Its time to get a little sophisticated around here!
You maybe remember earlier this year I showed you some photos from the Simplicity Sewing book of 1969. Well I also happen to own the Vogue sewing book from 1964 - which is completely different to the Simplicity book.
Everything is way more couture focused and speaks a lot more of Paris and the classic sewing techniques you can learn. Very fancy!
So while one of these books is fun, colourful and the models are all dancing around. This book is beautifully photographed and includes lots of lovely illustrations, not unlike the kind you might find inside Pierre Balmain's sketch book.
So lets have a look!
The chapter illustrations are all so well drawn and have that wonderful early 60s feel. They remind me of the lovely Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
And like all sewing books, there is a lovely display of fabric and trim types all artfully arranged, I'm assuming to be both visually stimulating and educational for what can sometimes be a bit of a trivial subject.
I know it's hard to explain in a book the difference between velvet and velveteen, but I guess if the editor is creative about it, it can just become a fun page to look at instead!
On to the high fashion bits. This book makes a point of reminding sewers about the designers of the Vogue patterns and it relates to home sewing.
By the end of the 60s, sewing had moved into a less restrictive space where home sewers and young girls were given as much respect by the pattern making companies as the designers were. So this Vogue book is speaking somewhat more to those sewers who still enjoyed the couture aspects of sewing and perhaps still looked to Paris each season for the new trends. Of course as the decade moved on, both London and New York took away some of that market and made fashion less alienating for people who just wanted to sew for fun!
Some of the designers mentioned; Pierre Balmain, Irene Galitzine, Guy Laroche, Emilio Pucci and Pierre Cardin
The modelling photos are similar to the dynamic highly stylised photos seen in the normal Vogue magazine. None of the models are credited, but I think Jean Shrimpton may be featured along side other popular models of the time (but did not keep their fame like Jean)
|Jean? Is that you in the Purple tweed suit?|
Reading this sewing book leaves you feeling a little like you've just been taken through a dozen couture workshops and learnt a bunch of fancy techniques - however, most of those same techniques are now not mentioned in modern books at all!
None the less, the photos are lovely and help to remind you of the highly technical skills once taught to most sewing students.
Which of the two books do you prefer? The high class Vogue book? or the fun and accessible Simplicity book?
Thanks for popping in lovelies!