Quite by accident I have discovered the late Enid Gilchrist - who, quoting wikipedia; was an Australian fashion designer, who became well-known for her numerous self-drafting sewing pattern books which were very popular in the 1950s to 1970s.
Judging by the three sewing pattern books I discovered last week in a quick-dash op-shopping jaunt, I can see why Enid was so popular. The books are packed full of clear pattern drawings, clear instructions and full of the kind of vintage-style designs I am very drawn to.
Even if I hadn't caught the sewing bug (which I have!), I would have bought this set just for the delightful vintage illustrations and design. Perhaps I would have also bought them simply because they were packaged in a vintage plastic wrapper from a "Ladies Brushed Nylon Nightgown. Long".
So far I haven't actually made anything from the books, but I am oh-so-keen to give them a try - just as soon as I finish a few projects still waiting for my attention in the sewing nook.
I hope you don't mind the excessive number of pictures in this post, but the vintage illustrations and photos are just so good I wanted to share some with you...
|A certain Miss of mine would love it if I made one (or 5) of these!|
|While not inclined to wear a pinnie myself, I reckon these patterns could be used for dresses too...|
|There were even some pattern pieces left inside from the previous owner...|
|LOVE this one!|
Even the advertisements inside, and on the back covers make me smile. Look at that Home Maker Book font - how full of 70s' goodness is that?
And, because I suspect there might be a few of you out there have long ago discovered Enid, I wonder if I can put out a request to you?
I would love to get my hands on a couple of the Enid Gilchrist pattern books specifically for babies/toddlers/pre-schoolers so I can sew up a storm for the two little bug-a-lugs.
Like these two titles, for example. If anyone has a copy they'd be willing to part with, or even lend me, I'd be so grateful - and happily pay you for it too! Email me if you can help out.
Ok, that's about all from me today - forget what I said the other day about it being summer up here... Today is cold and rainy, perfect sewing weather, except a little standing-up baby is tugging at me right now and I don't think she will be impressed if I move from the computer straight to the sewing machine! Maybe tonight...
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