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January 7, 2010 by Britex Fabrics 4 comment(s)

The folks at have graciously gathered an amazing amount of practical information for seamstress’ everywhere. Their searchable Vintage Sewing Reference Library includes works published between 1893 and 1952, with detailed instructions for everything from how to sew evening net gloves, types of laundry bluing, and pattern construction of capes, ties, neckwear and scarves. Using Britex fabrics and resources from the folks at VintageSewing, you can attire yourself in dapper and romantic fashions from the past.

4 Response to Vintage Sewing Reference Library

  • corinne roth says:

    I padded the lapels of a jacket but the lapels won't fold over. What shall I do?

    February 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm

  • britexfabrics says:

    I recommend the books "Classic Tailoring Techniques: A Construction Guide for Men's Wear" (F.I.T. Collection) by Roberto Cabrera and Patricia Flaherty Meyers, or "Tailoring" from the Singer Sewing Reference Library Collection. The first is incredibly detailed, and the second is simplified, yet still contains great information! Perhaps you can find these books in your local public library. Good luck with your construction problem.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:43 am

  • mrG says:

    Has anyone kept copies of the VintageSewing files? Their site is long since folded and gone the way of other great sites and it sure would be useful to have these volumes hosted on or some other collection.

    June 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  • Britex Fabrics says:

    I found this link to 1942—Modern Pattern Design by Harriet Pepin in the Wayback Machine, and there is more!

    July 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm