Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Never before in the history of fabrics has there been such an array of exciting materials to tempt the home sewer to try her skill in clothing construction. Old friends in the textile field are taking on new .finishes and new fibers have ·entered into the fabric picture-all calling for new knowledge in their handling during construction. In addition to this abundance of textile material from which to choose, there is the splendid selection of good patterns, notions, and sewing equipment which is available today. A new style consciousness has swept the country and the modern home sewer is no longer satisfied just to make clothes, but the clothes which she makes must come up to the fashion standards of the best ready-to- wear which she sees in magazines, movies, television, and in store windows. Since she sews to produce a garment which is stylish and smart, the time spent in sewing at home, in spite of the lovely fabric and good pattern, is lost if the goal is not attained. The ultimate in joy of achievement is reached when the question "Where in the world did you find such a smart out.fit?" takes the place of "I see you made it yourself!" (It surely looks like it!) This circular will attempt to set forth some of the ways in which this goal may be reached.
Walker, Anna, "Modern Home Sewing" (1954). SDSU Extension Circulars. 695.