There is a review of this book on Stitcher's Guild by Alexandra, who authors the blog, Studio Alexandra.
I have a couple of books by Judith Rasband in my sewing library so I went looking for it thinking that I had purchased it in the past...but no I hadn't so it is on its way to me now.
You may wonder why I've purchased several sewing books lately when there is so much information now available on the internet? Well, yes there is but I'm a woman who learned to sew when books and TV shows were the best and only ways of getting this information...unless of course you took a class...which was also pretty available when I was young girl. So books are my preferred ways of learning and lately I've just wanted to add another dimension to my sewing...to learn some more advanced techniques and to move my sewing forward. There is always something new to learn and I don't want to stagnant in my art.
While I was searching the books in my sewing library, I happened upon this book:
It is a very treasured book to me. So treasured that it has earned a paragraph in my will. I found this book in a used bookstore in Montclair, NJ. I use to live in Montclair and took my daughters to this bookstore almost every weekend to share my love of reading with them. This establishment frequently bought books from estate sales and sometimes the sewing section would be bursting with older sewing books that were just amazing to me. My family and I visited the bookstore so often that the manager would let me know when new sewing books had arrived...and he often teased me that if something happened to me to let them know so that he could reclaim his books!
What touched me the most today about this book is the copyright date: 1911. I am in possession of a book that was published a century ago and it's still in marvelous condition. It's a slim book that is very concise in it's sewing techniques but it is a wonderful part of my sewing library. I did a google search and Alibris.com has some reproduced books that you can purchase or you can download a copy of the original from The Library of Congress.
I love the internet. I love how it brings together sewists from around the world and allows us to share ideas, thoughts, inspiration and information. However, to me books are an important part of our heritage and the ability to learn especially since historically black people in America were shut out of opportunities to read and learn...so I treasure my books and my ability to purchase and own them.
Okay...this has gotten a little deep so I'll swing it back the other way...I'm still working on the pea green linen dress...slowly...and I don't know if I will have it finished today. I think the rush of sewing I did last weekend has satisfied my creative urge. But the day is still young and my sewing machine may yet sing it's siren's song to me...urging me to spend some quality time with it! *smile*
...as always, more later!