Vintage Patternmaking Books

As I move my way through my patternmaking course, I’ve been browsing vintagesewing.info (I use Way Back Machine to view it since it has been down) for drafting vintage inspired garments. Although in the past I’ve been happy to view these books online, lately I’ve been wishing I had hardcopies.

On vintagesewing.info I’ve fallen in love with Harriet Pepin’s Modern Pattern Design and have used her instructions on skirts and dart manipulation. Although an original copy will set you back a pretty penny, The Center for Pattern Design has reprints available for $55 and I’m seriously considering purchasing it when I get the spare cash.

I’d also like to start looking for some originals in my area and I’d like to keep a running list of recommended titles with me. What are your favorite vintage patternmaking books? Where have you had luck finding them? Used bookstores? Flea markets? Estate sales?

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