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Thanks to the lovely Christine Haynes at City Stitching for hosting today's Vintage Made Modern post. Christine is giving away a copy of Vintage Notions on her blog, so be sure to hop on over and enter!
I've written the praises of the lovely and kind Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction in the past, and today get read for more of the same! I was honored when Amy asked me if I wanted to be part of the tour for her book, Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion, and Fun and the new coordinating fabric line. Sticking with my usual policy, I wanted to properly read and browse the book before giving it any endorsement, and what a pleasure this book was to read. vintage-notions-book I find it really easy to get all wrapped up in the modern sewing scene, with its cliques and such, and this book was such a breath of fresh air. It was a very refreshing read and a lovely reminder that this thing we all do – sewing – has been going on for a very long time. Long before Instagram and blogs, ladies were gathering at the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences with Mary Brooks Picken, learning the tricks of the trade and setting the groundwork for everything we know today. Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 11.05.41 AM Maybe you all have heard of Mary Brooks Picken, but I surely didn't know anything about her, her story, or more importantly, her legacy. This book not only gives you the timeline and the path that she took, from 1886–1981, but it is also jammed packed with delightful gems like recipes, stories from a time gone by, fashion tips from the past, and so much more, all from the Institute's newsletters. Mary wrote nearly 100 books on sewing, founded the Institute, taught at Columbia University, was the first woman to be named a trustee of the Fashion Institute of Technology, and was one of five original directors of the Costume Institute, now part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was a badass. vintage-notions-book-timeline Since the book is using material from a by gone era, it is decidedly sweet and vintage in its appearance, but that is totally my cup of tea and I am thrilled to have it as part of my collection to refer to over and over again. I loved learning about Mary, reading from the voices of women long ago, and will totally use some of the yummy recipes! vintage-notions-book-emb In addition to the book, Amy has designed a collection of fabric with RJR that uses imagery from the book. She sent me yardage of my favorite print–the patternmaking images–and I cannot wait to sew up some jammies with it. (Just need a spare second to do it!) Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 11.05.33 AM Head over to City Stitching for a chance to win your own copy of Vintage Notions! vintage-notions-book-endpage Don't forget to enter our National Sewing Month Giveaway! VMM 241x130 WIN BIG a Rafflecopter giveaway  

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Love her fabric!

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