Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Adele P. Margolis

I received an email from Ellen Steinbaum this afternoon letting me know that she had linked to my blog in one of the posts on her website.  I thought it was very thoughtful of her and clicked the link she provided.  There I learned that the awesomely talented Ms. Margolis has passed away.

The link is here.  Please read this moving tribute to a great lady who contributed much to the art of home sewing!  I also managed to locate an article written about Adele in The Boston Globe by Stephanie V. Siek which also had a photo of Ms. Margolis.


Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe

I know that I've learned so much from Adele Margolis' books over the years and treasure the knowledge that she shared.  If you don't own any of her amazing books, I urge you to purchase some for your sewing library.

Rest in Peace Ms. Margolis and thank you for the wisdom that you've left behind for future generations!

This was just added to the comments by her granddaughter Andrea:

"My beloved grandmother, Adele would be so thrilled to see these comments. It warms my heart too - as I am missing her so much. We are working on getting her most recent book (referenced above) published. Fingers crossed."

22 comments:

  1. I love the photograph of Adele Margolis. Testimony that a woman can be beautiful and stylish throughout her life.

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  2. I have one of her books thanks to you. It is always sad when people pass on.

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  3. I have her books Make Your Own Dress Patterns. I am sorry to hear that she has left us.

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  4. How sad. I have been using her Tailoring book this week while working on a winter coat. Oddly, I wondered earlier this evening if she were still alive. Must track down more of her books.

    Thank you for the news.

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  5. thank you for the post. i adore her books! her tribute is touching.
    i would love to spend more time studying her pattern making process with the toiles.

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  6. Her patternmaking book changed my life! In an odd coincidence, I was reading an old thread on PR today that mentioned she was 100 years old. I'm so sad to hear that she's passed on. Thank you for sharing the link and the photo.

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  7. Wow - thanks for mentioning this. I have a copy of Fashion Sewing For Everyone. I am sorry to say I had never heard of Ms. Margolis, nor do I know how I got this book (I think it came from a recent library sale)I was just reading it this weekend and was amazed at how clear and complete it is - I wondered who the author was, and am sad to hear she is no longer with us.

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  8. Thank you for those links
    As a french girl I never heard
    And it adds to my sewing knowledge

    Marie-Noëlle

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  9. Rest in peace, Adele. Your books are among the most treasured in my library.

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  10. I loved the link . . . especially Ms. Margolis' poem on aging! Rest in peace.

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  11. You can see creativity in those bright eyes!!

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  12. I treasure the books I have of hers. What an amazingly beautiful rich portrait. Thanks for letting us know, Caroline.

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  13. I had the great pleasure of knowing Adele and I can only imagine how happy she would have been to see all these comments and think of all of you reading her words and making yourselves beautiful--and beautifully tailored--clothes.

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  14. The article mentioned her most recent work "Frankly Elderly: Sewing for and Fitting the Aging Figure." I really hope that makes it to print. There currently aren't many books that solely focus on fitting the aging body.
    Thanks for enlightening us once again.
    Tari

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  15. My beloved grandmother, Adele would be so thrilled to see these comments. It warms my heart too - as I am missing her so much. We are working on getting her most recent book (referenced above) published. Fingers crossed.

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  16. Thank you for the lovely tribute. I have many of her books and am perusing Amazon for the pattern making one. She was truly a practical teacher without all the hype which is now in vogue.

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear this. She has enriched so many lives, and I'm grateful to be the owner of several of her books.
    Thanks for posting this Carolyn.

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  18. After I picked up a few of her books at used book sales, etc, I googled Adele and was surprised to find very little written about her, which is a shame given how many lives she's touched over the generations with her books. Thanks for sharing this sad news with us.

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  19. Thank you for posting this Carolyn. I own a couple of her books and they are treasured.

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  20. I used to check her books out of the library over and over again when I was in my teens in the 1960's. Then when buying used books online became a possibility about 15? years ago I bought myself copies out of nostalgia and was amazed how readable and useful they still were. She started this lilfelong sewing obsession of mine

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  21. I just discovered How to Make Your Own Dress Patterns few weeks ago and was so impressed by the helpful information and encouraging tone. Adele Margolis was an amazing woman, and her books are a remarkable legacy. We will miss you, Adele.

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