Monday, April 22, 2013

Home Sewing is Easy by Sally Stitch

Sally Stitch
I wanted to share with you all my one and only find while out Vintage Shopping with Mid-Century Pink. I found this fantastic booklet/comic book called Home Sewing is Easy by Sally Stitch. It was published in New York in what seems to be the very early 1950's by Mershaw Publishing Corporation. It is the first in the series and I am curious to know if any more were published but so far I have not found any other issues.

I find this booklet/comic book to be like a sewing for dummies guide. And well at this point I am a dummy about sewing in the nicest possible sense of the word. Sewing has been on my bucket list for a while but it hasn't been at the top of the list or even something I have totally placed in my frame of mind of things I MUST learn how to do. I figure though in a years time, my youngest baby will start Pre-K and so perhaps then I may attempt to into the pool of needles and thread (och! okay not literally lol)

I figure, what the heck? I am a grandchild of a professional seamstress and a daughter of a woman who learned how to make clothes by learning from magazines. So if these two clever ladies can do it, I figure perhaps I can too. This booklet is definitely going to come in handy because it really breaks everything and I mean everything down to basics! I love this find!
 I love the introductory page! And it does make me think-hummm how much can you say by making your own clothes??
Here glimpse of the supplies you will need to get started according to Miss Sally Stitch!
And here is a closer view of some of the types of seams one can do!
Isn't this clever little booklet just peachy keen!!! I found two copies of it on Etsy ranging from $85.00 to  $125 dollars! On Ebay I found it for a starting price at $19.99 and a buy it now option for $30.00. If you would like to see that auction just click here.

Now I have to share with you what I actually paid for....drum roll please.....$1.00!!!! One whole dollar! That was all it was! It was actually in the sellers dollar bin and it caught my eye because it looked like it was from the 1950's and I really think I found a neat little treasure! And let's be honest-you cannot beat that price!

What do you think about Miss Sally Stitch? If you sew, do you find it terribly complicated and hard to do? If you don't sew, is this something you would like to try and do one day?



  1. Sooo cute! I plan on buying a sewing machine over the summer! I REALLY plan on learning... although I said that last summer too but I mean it this time!

  2. Ooh Lovely! My dress form from the 50's is a Sally Stitch...I wonder if these were included when you bought the dress forms, or part of their advertising campaign? I don't call her Sally though, I call her Eileen...because, well, she leans a little ;). Have a Beautiful Day Bunny!

  3. That is such a neat little booklet. When I first got back into sewing after a loooong break, one of the things that helped me was taking a sewing class. I found one through my local continuing education place, but some fabric stores offer them as well. Sheets from a thrift store make good cheap practice fabric.

  4. Great find! Booklets like these are not only adorable, but a wonderful reference to have on hand. I don't have this particular publication but I use some of my others quite a bit. Sewing is a nice skill set to have, especially if you're concerned about the fragility of some vintage items (make your own reproductions to wash and wear with confidence!) or if like me, it's hard to find affordable items in your size. I don't sew as often as I'd like (so many things on the to-do list, hahaha) but when I do finish a project I have a nice sense of accomplishment. Oh and on a side note you might find interesting, a company called Alexander Henry does fabric in a print based off this booklet. :)

  5. What a fantastic find and at such an unbeatable price! I usually find sewing to be pretty easy and mostly straightforward, although like with everything there are always aspects that are more challenging. While I've been doing free hand embroidery, and making bags and stuffed animals for quite some time, it wasn't until last year that I really got into making clothes off of vintage patterns. And now that I've started I'm having so much fun I can't stop!

    Anyway, it's definitely a fun hobby to have and a very practical one at that!

  6. I think the thrifting gods were smiling at you! It looks like a great starter guide, and definitely vintage! SCORE!

  7. Awesome find, dear Bunny - if one can only find a single vintage piece in a given day, this certainly is a marvelous one to unearth. I was not blessed with the sewing gene one little iota, and sure bet I could use every last piece of advice nestled in this delightful book, too. Thanks so much for sharing - I'd love to find a copy for myself one day, too, now.

    ♥ Jessica


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