Vintage Sewing Book 1920's Dress Decoration and Ornament Ebook How To for Embellishments -INSTANT DOWNLOAD-

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This is a digital copy of the 1920's book "Dress Decoration and Ornament" from the Woman's Institute of Domestic Science. This is an incredibly hard to find 47 page booklet full of lovely photographs and drawings as well as detailed instructions for making the lovely things featured.

Contents include:
Decorated Fabrics
Applied Decoration and Stitchery
Using Embroidery and Applique
Using beads and sequins as dress trimmings
Appropriate use of lace
Gimps, braids, fringes passementerie
Ribbons for Decoration and Ornament
Buttons, buckles and novelty trimmings
Applying the principles of dress trimming
And more!

Each page of this e-book has been scanned in high quality 300 dpi and then digitally cleaned and restored for better viewing.

INSTANT DOWNLOAD: Your purchase will be available for download the second your payment clears through Etsy. Simply follow the email sent to you, or on click on <Your Account>, then <Purchases> and under your receipt, <Files Ready to Download>.

Printing a PDF is easy. Just open, hit print, and make sure that your printer scale is set to 100% (this should be the default setting in most cases).

Digital Version: Copyright Mrs. Depew Vintage, 2012. All Rights Reserved.


We have more than one! For questions about our draft-at-home patterns (the one's with the rulers) see this FAQ page: For all other frequently asked questions, check out this page:

We have more than one! For questions about our draft-at-home patterns (the one's with the rulers) see this FAQ page: For all other frequently asked questions, check out this page:

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Interesting take on 1920's fashions. Thanks for offering it.
May 20, 2016 by Shirley Marler
A wealth of information and new ideas. I can't wait to use them on my projects. Thanks to Mrsdepew!
May 17, 2015 by Kat
These books are making me want to learn to be more creative in my sewing.
Sep 17, 2014 by deadcow2

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