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Junk of the Month: Better Homes and Gardens: Sewing Book, Sewing How-To for Home and Family 1961

Calling all you Mad Men fashionistas, this vintage sewing book has 19 chapters with instructions on everything from basic sewing equipment to making evening and cocktail fashions to making curtains and drapery. All of this, in the trash with no trace of a bad odor.

This book includes everyday dresses, cocktail and evening wear, coats, kid’s clothes, accessories for a casual suit and even bed canopies. Didn’t every girl in the history of the world want a bed canopy!

The coolest part is a hand written pattern instructions for a “Chinese Attendant” needed for a “Costume Mtg. Feb. 20, 1968 8pm.”

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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