Last Friday after Casey put up a post about finding estate sales, I decided to give Craig's List a try to see if I could find any in my area. My goal was to find a belt buckle for the next dress I'm hoping to make, and possibly other vintage sewing patterns for cheap. I found one estate sale that looked promising - the advertisement even showed a whole box of vintage patterns. Unfortunately the sale started on Friday and I would not be able to get there until Saturday.
As I rummaged around in the sewing area I asked if there were any patterns left. Someone had bought the whole box first thing on Friday. Also finding no belt buckles, I was ready to walk away totally defeated. Alas, my eye caught the words "Pepin Academy of Fashion" on a three ring binder. It was a textbook that belonged to someone named Hazel Hawkinson.
A first glance through, the book appeared interesting, but nothing worth taking home. Then I came to the second half of the book, where I was delighted by what I saw.
|I can definitely use the section on jackets to make pieces for work.|
|So many lines and points need to be considered when pattern drafting.|
|This picture definitely caught my attention.|
|I just love all the possibilities for sleeves.|
|How much fun would it be to make (wear) something that |
required a collar like this?
|The book also has a handful of magazine cutouts that were glued to the pages. They seem to match the type of pattern being reference.|
|There's not much of an imprint that Hazel left in her |
text book, but she must have doodled this during a lecture.
|Basic measurement lines.|
|Okay, so there's a lot more measurements than I thought!|
Of course, I also have to share with you my research related to Pepin Academy of Fashion. Sadly, there was not much out there. A few pictures, a newspaper add and a mention of it in some one's obituary. That's all, which leads me to believe that it wasn't around for too long (and therefore my book must be pretty old).
Here are some pictures from the academy's students during 1936. These are from the collection of Women of Pepin School of Design (it seems the school went by more than one name, because the addresses matched) by photographer Lee Brothers. Pictures were all taken in 1936.
|I love the jacket that she is wearing. She must have made|
something lovely with that lace.
|I would love to see more details of her outfit, love the sleeves.|
|I also love her shirt. Judging from her dress form, it|
appears she is making children's clothing.
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