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The Victorian Household: Sewing & Mending

One might suppose that sewing and mending were chores for a servant, but in fact they were skills that any well-bred young lady were expected to acquire.


BASIC SEWING & MENDING

Eyelet-Holes, Button-holes and Loops (GOP 1896)
A Few Remarks on Plain Sewing (GOP 1895)
Fragments of Material (GOP 1880)
Home Dressmaking Up to Date, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1896)
Home Millinery Up to Date, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1896)
Mending and Patching (GOP 1897)
Practical Papers on Plain Work, by Josepha Crane (GOP 1897)
A variety of basic sewing stitches and techniques.
Work for Little Hands, by Mrs. Floyer (GOP 1880)
A basic primer on sewing and resizing patterns.

DARNING

How to Refoot Stockings, by Marie Karger (GOP 1880)
Plain Darning, by Marie Karger (GOP 1880)
Swiss Darning, or, Jersey and Stocking Mending, by Marie Karger (GOP 1880)

HOUSEHOLD SEWING PROJECTS

An Apron Bag, by Cousin Lil (GOP 1897)
Brush and Comb and Nightdress Bags Made from Three Pocket Handkerchiefs, by Cousin Lil (GOP 1895)
Coal Glove for Sickroom, by Nona (GOP 1902)
The Crimean Nightcap, by Cousin Lil (GOP 1896)
Folding-Up Work Case, by Cousin Lil (GOP 1899)
Gentleman's Dress Shirt Protector, by Cousin Lil (GOP 1899)
Hand-Made Buttons (GOP 1898)
Hanging Case for Umbrellas and Sticks, by Cousin Lil (GOP 1899)
Home Upholstery, by Ardern Holt (GOP 1884)
How to Renovate a Vest (GOP 1897)
A Pretty Boot Pocket, by Pamela Bullock (GOP 1896)
A Traveling Glove-Case, by Cousin Lil (GOP 1896)
Warm Sleeves that Cost Nothing, by J.E. Shepherd (GOP 1897)

SEWING FOR CHARITY

How to Make Poor Children's Clothing, by Dora Hope (GOP 1880)
How to Make Presents for the Poor, by Josepha Crane (GOP 1893)

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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