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The Era of Mrs. Vogue
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suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: May 21st, 2010 05:45 am (UTC) (link)
The power of advertising! :P It was a really enlightening blog post for me, actually, even though it was just supposed to be funny. After all, the original story wasn't an article - it was a (long, illustrated, possibly instructive) ad for Vogue patterns! Naturally, they wanted to present sewing a Vogue dress as an easy weekend project. I can see a '50s wife laughing her head off at the ad, just like we are today. But the advertising was what survived and became a common ideal...even though it wasn't necessarily the norm. That's my theory, anyway.

(The techniques she's using are's just that the techniques don't always go *smoothly* for most of us. :D)

I'm in the "religiously straighten the grain" camp too, because I think cutting pieces on the proper grain is essential. Tearing is easier, but I've been known to pull threads when that doesn't work. And I press everything like crazy - it *does* make a big difference!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: May 22nd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I've learned the hard way to respect the grain!! If you diss it it plays very nasty indeed.

The single most important thing my Mom ever taught me about sewing was to press every step along the way. She said it was the differnce between a garment that looks like it was made at home and one that doesn't - it's really true. The iron it's a blessed thing!
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