Today I have the pleasure of reviewing this sweet book by Amy Barickman called Vintage Notions. Amy is the pattern designer behind Indygo Junction of which I do have a few patterns in my shop. While I mostly carry modern style and design of fabrics and patterns, I have found that this book is very useful for the modern sewist(a). A lot of the inspiration for this book was taken from a woman named Mary Brooks Picken who was a very real predecessor to Martha Stewart. Here is what Amy says about Mary Brooks Pickens in her introduction to the book:
“I conceived of this book, Vintage Notions, to rescue Mary Brooks Pickens from obscurity and to reintroduce the inspirational essays, clever sewing patterns, cooking basics, and beautiful illustrations from the Institute’s newsletters with a fresh and modern voice.”
Well, there you go! The perfect reason for me, someone who is thoroughly as modern as possible, to read a book with the word “Vintage” in the title!
Some of my favorite parts of this book include:
The “Magic Pattern” called “Men’s Shirts Put to Feminine Use” on page 30
The section in each chapter called Amy B’s Favorite Vintage Advice is sure to put a smile on your face.
The Department of Millinery (hats) on page 153 is great! I didn’t realize there were so many hats for every occasion.
Of course, the Department of Cookery features in each chapter are very useful for me, since my oven doesn’t exactly work, I’m sure I could use the advice on Cooking with Cold and Dainty Summer refreshments.
I really could go on and on but I’ll let you get a copy of the book for yourself to see how sweet and fun being domestic can be!