1950 free sewing book : how to make gloves

Many knew the wonderful website that was VintageSewing.info.  Unfortunately the website has been down since 2011.

Nobody seems to really know what happened to vintagesewing.info and I thought it would be a shame if all their wonderful and hard work was lost forever. That’s why I’ve decided to republish it online under the same Creative Commons licence.

I saved pretty much all the texts and pictures from VintageSewing.info on my home computer back in 2011 and today I’m sharing one of their work unaltered.



How to Make Gloves


Eunice Close


How to make gloves

How to make gloves

Read the book

You can access the table of content and every chapter of the book from this page : How to make Gloves by Eunice Close 

More ?

I’ll be adding some more books from their work, when I get the time. As some of you know, I’m pretty busy right now launching my little bag patterns company : Sacôtin. The boutique will open next week : May the 15th to be exact (you still have time to try and win a bag pattern by the way).

The next book I’m thinking of adding is “Modern Pattern Design” by Harriet Pepin (1942). Because it’s a pretty large book and re-publishing it takes time, I’ll probably publish one chapter at the time.

Do let me know if you’d rather have me put another book online first, as written above I have pretty much all their work saved on my computer.

Sewing machine advertising posters

These French vintage advertising posters for sewing machines, dated from 1866 to 1907, are not only a feast for the eyes but also reflect the lifestyle and customs of that time and the identity/philosophy of each brand.

Of course these posters being for sewing machines sold in France at the time, you’ll find brands like Singer (which has been the most popular brand in France for a long time) and Peugeot (which is not making sewing machines anymore). But I also found several brands (French and foreign) that I didn’t know of : New Home, H. Vigneron, Avrial, W. Jackson & Co. … If you have any information about these manufacturers of sewing machines,  do not hesitate to leave comments… I’m curious !

My preference goes to the “New Home” posters. They are the funniest and leave a more prominent place to the illustration, thus being closer to our modern ads. Singer posters were austere to say the least … But the brand is still very much alive 150 years later!

Here is a small selection of ten sewing machines posters you could see in France in the 19th century, arranged in chronological order.

Click images to enlarge.

1866 – Aubineau & Bouriquet

affiche publicitaire machine à coudre Aubineau et Bouriquet 1866

Sewing machine Aubineau et Bouriquet - 1866

Editor : Lith. F. Appel (Paris)

Format : lithography ; 106 x 68 cm


1869 – W. Jackson & Cie

affiche machine à coudre W Jackson & Cie 1869

Sewing machine W Jackson & Cie - 1869

Author : Chéret, Jules (1836-1932). Illustrator

Editor : [Imp. J. Chéret] ([Paris])

Format : lithography ; 103 x 56 cm


1870 – Singer

publicité machine à coudre singer 1870

Sewing machine Singer - 1870

Author : Chéret, Jules (1836-1932). Illustrator

Editor : [imp. J. Chéret] ([Paris])

Format : lithography ; 130 x 94 cm


1876 – Singer

machine à coudre singer 1876

Sewing machine Singer - 1876

1878  – Peugeot

Publicité Machine à coudre Peugeot 1878

Sewing machine Peugeot - 1878

Editor : [J. Bognard jne] ([Paris])

Format :  lithography ; 94 x 62 cm


 1885 – H. Vigneron

machine à coudre H Vigneron 1885

Sewing machine H. Vigneron - 1885

Editor : Imp. Emile Levy (Paris)

Format : lithography ; 128 x 96 cm


1989 – New Home

affiche publicitaire machine à coudre new home 1889

Sewing machine New Home - 1889

Editor : Imp. spéciale “New Home”, 20 rue de la Reynie (Paris)

Format : lithography ; 123 x 80 cm


1889 – Davis

machine à coudre Davis 1889

Sewing machine Davis - 1889


1890 – H. Vigneron

machine à coudre H Vigneron 1890

Sewing machine H. Vigneron - 1890

Author and Editor : Ancourt, Edward. Illustrator (Paris)

Format : lithography ; 124 x 90 cm


1890 – Peugeot

pub machine à coudre Peugeot 1890

Sewing machine Peugeot - 1890

Editor : [F. Champenois] ([Paris])

Format : lithography ; 81 x 61 cm


1894 – New Home

publicité machine à coudre new home 1894

Sewing machine New Home - 1894


Editor : Imp. spéciale “New Home”, 20 rue de la Reynie (Paris)

Format : lithography ; 80 x 60 cm

1895  – Avrial

publicité Machine à coudre Avrial 1895

Sewing machine Avrial - 1895

Author : Signosol, C. (18..-18..? ; dessinateur) Illustrator and  Pellegrin (18..-19..? ; dessinateur)

Editor : Imp. Parisienne Mon Emile Levy & Cie 132 rue Montmartre (Paris)

Format : lithography ; 130 x 93 cm

1907 – H. Vigneron

publicité machine à coudre H Vigneron 1907

Sewing machine H Vigneron - 1907


Author : Geisler, Louis (1852-1914). Illustrator and Joaman (18..-19.. ). Illustrator

Editor : Paper, printing and engraving L. Geisler, auxChatelles, by Raon-l’Etape (Vosges) & Paris, 22, rue de la Faisanderie (Raon-L’Etape)

Format : photomechanical printing ; 82 x 62 cm

1920’s sewing magazines

Today I’ll introduce you to three 1920’s issues of a French sewing magazine called  “Modes & Travaux Féminins”. It’s full of illustrations of 1920’s women and children clothes, so don’t worry about the language and enjoy the pictures !

I’ll start with a confession: when I was little girl and saw “Modes & Travaux” magazines at my grandmother’s I thought they were super cheesy. Since then I haven’t flipped through the magazine so I have no idea what its current style is. But when you get your hands on the very first issues of “Modes & Travaux Féminins” dating from 1919, it’s not cheesy anymore, it’s a great vintage fashion magazine and reliable source of inspiration for 20’s costumes.

You’ll see 20 pages I picked at the end of the post but you can also flip through the first three issues of  the magazine via the links below :

Source : BNF (National Library of France)/Gallica

# 1 – November 15th, 1919

# 2 – December 1st, 1919 

# 3 – December 15th, 1919

And as a bonus :

# 165 – November 1st, 1926

In the magazine

“Modes & Travaux” at the time was a sewing pattern catalogue. You could mail-order the sewing patterns. The embroidery patterns were included at the end of the magazines.

Each issue consisted of many models of women and children clothes (dresses, coats, hats, lingerie, …), each model is illustrated by a drawing and a caption detailing the style. You can find some examples in the pictures below (click to enlarge).

Women patterns were available in sizes 42-44 and 46. If I don’t talk nonsense (please correct me if I do!) at the time women sizes matched the half-bust measurement. So a size 46 would fit a woman with a bust measurement of 92 cm, Size 44 = bust size 88 cm, etc. Patterns for girls were offered in sizes 6 to 15 years old depending on the model.

There were also style analysis articles and advices on fashion in vogue at the time : cuts, fabrics how to compliment your “silhouette”. I find it particularly delicious to read.

Clic on the pictures to enlarge


Robes jeune-fille et enfant années 20

#1 - Child and young girls dresses 1919

Robes femme années 20

#1 - Women dresses 1919

Robes soirée années 20 vintage

#1 - Evening dresses 1919

Tenues fillettes hiver années 20 vintage

#2 - Girl winter outfits 1919

Manteaux années 20

#2 - Coats 1919

lingerie années 20

#2 - lingerie 1919

Robes soirées magazine vintage années 20

#2 - For theatre nights 1919

couture Robes d'apres-midi années 20

#2 - Afternoon dresses 1919

Tailleurs femme années 20 jupe et veste

#2 - Women suits 1919

robe enfant fille années 20

#3 - Children 1919

Lingerie vintage années 20

#3 - Lingerie 1919

couture Robe pour prendre le thé années 20

#3 - For tea ! 1919

Robes et manteaux pour fillettes années 20

#3 - Girls dresses and coats 1919

partons robes pour les diners années 20

#3 - for special dinners 1919

Manteaux années 20

#3 - Coats 1919

manteaux et robes enfants 1926

#165 - Coats and dresses for children 1926

lingerie vintage

#165 - Lingerie 1926

Manteaux vintage

#165 - Coats 1926

tenue de soirée années 20 vintage

#165 - Evening wear 1926


All pics source BNF/Gallica.