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New Blouse, Purse and Bonnet Sewing Patterns

This week’s “And So To Sew” leaflet will teach you how to sew blouses, including a full pattern for a cute drawstring blouse for girls. And So To Embroider will teach you to sew and embroider a felt purse and bonnet.

As always, I have included a selection of modern video or photo tutorials for each of the techniques presented in the bulletins for those of us who learn better with visual instructions.

"And So To Sew" leaflet 5a

And So To Sew Bulletin 5a includes all the information you need to make a simple blouse from a commercial pattern, plus a full pattern for the girl’s drawstring blouse.

This pattern would be a great one if you like to upcycle, or for someone who is learning to sew.


And So To Embroider leaflet 5b

And So To Embroider Bulletin 5b includes the full pattern for a felt bonnet and purse, plus instructions for all of the embroidery stitches used.

This is another great pattern for upcyclers. I can imagine these purses made from felted jumpers (sweaters) or hand made felt. You could even adapt the pattern for regular fabric by adding a seam allowance and sewing a lining to the out fabric before making it up.

I hope you’re enjoying the “And So To Sew” and “And So To Embroider” bulletins from the 1950’s. You can find the whole collection so far in the Vintage Embroidery and Sewing Books section of Knitting-and.com, and I’ll be uploading a new one of each set every week until the collection is complete!

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Sarah

Sew Slips and Embroider All The Things with Today’s Leaflets from the NDS

Today’s sewing and embroidery leaflets are two more vintage lovelies from the Needlework Development Scheme. “And So To Sew” bulletin 4a and “And So To Embroider” bulletin 4b (aka “And So To Sew – Embroidery Section” 4b)

And So To Sew leaflet 4a

And So To Sew bulletin 4a contains two slip patterns for girls that can be used to sew undergarments or modern Summer dresses.

It also contains instructions for all of the techniques used in sewing both. I have also included modern video and photo tutorials for those of us who don’t have a sewing teacher on hand to help out!

And So To Embroider leaflet 4b

And So to Embroider 4b contains instructions for embroidering Shadow Work, various types of herringbone stitch, hem stitching and satin stitch, plus how to use an embroidery hoop.

As with the sewing leaflet, I have included a selection of modern photo and video tutorials.

I hope you are enjoying these leaflets so far. If you’d like to be notified of any of the projects, tutorials, news and downloads available I post in the future, please sign up (either on the left or underneath this post) and you’ll receive an email letting you know when I’ve posted!

Sarah

Week 3 of Our Sewing and Embroidery Adventure

This week’s “And So To Sew”, and “And So To Embroider” bulletins really kick off into some great projects.

Dirndl skirt and two aprons

And So To Sew bulletin 3 includes full patterns and instructions for two aprons, plus a dirndl skirt with shaped or straight waistband.

While And So To Embroider 3b (aka And So To Sew Embroidery Section 3b) teaches us to embroider them, and a cushion, with interesting spot motifs. It also introduces a new range of embroidery stitches.

As always with these leaflets, I have included links to video and photo tutorials for each technique or stitch, so as many people as possible can get the most out each week.

Sarah

And So To Continue

Those “And So To” puns are going to get old really quickly. I should totally stop that.

🙂

Today we continue “And So To Sew”, and “And So To Embroider” with the second leaflet in each series.

And So To Sew 2a - collars

And So To Sew bulletin 2a contains two full patterns for making these cute collars. The one on the left is my favourite.

And So to Sew 2b cover

And So To Embroider 2b (aka “And So To Sew Embroidery Section 2b”) contains lots of new stitches and a section on choosing suitable threads and fabrics for different types of projects.

As always with these leaflets, I have included links to modern video and photo tutorials so that everyone can get the most out of the information within. They’re a real treasure and I wanted to make sure they were as useful to as many people as possible.

Sarah

And So To Create

I have been collecting these vintage leaflets for quite a few years now, and am very excited to finally be able to begin sharing them with you now that I have managed to find complete sets!

Today we begin a journey into vintage sewing and embroidery with the “And So To Sew”, and “and So To Embroider” series from the UK. I have three leaflets for you today, due to a very unexpected surprise while I was scanning. They include two sewing leaflets that cover creating with felt, and one embroidery leaflet covering basic stitches, needle and fabric choices.

Wherever possible, I have included links to modern videos and photo tutorials that cover each topic.

Please note that the early “And So to Embroider” leaflets were named “And So To Sew Embroidery Section”.

And Sew to Sew 1a cap and mittens

And So To Sew 1a – felt mittens and hat. These are also a great pair of patterns for anyone who likes to felt and upcycle old jumpers/sweaters.

Felt donkey and puppet

And So To Sew 1a – alternate. Felt toys (slightly edited). I suspect this leaflet was released before WW2 and the rationing of fabrics and paper  as the toys are very much in the style of the late 30’s. It is never mentioned again in the series, whereas the bulletin with the felt and mittens project is.

And Sew to Embroider Cover No1b

And So To Embroider 1b (aka And So To Sew Embroidery Section 1b). Materials, needles and threads. Varieties of running stitch and cross stitches.

Come back next week for the next leaflets in the series, or sign up to be notified of every new post! (on the left on desktop, or under the post on tablets and mobile).

Sarah

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