1920s Mary Brooks Picken Woman's Institute Sewing Book 21 B-3 Dresses Part 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences
Early Correspondence School Textbook
21 B-3 Dresses Part 2
The Dresses you see in the pictures (and more) have comprehensive instructions for making without a paper pattern
This book is one of a large series of correspondence school textbooks starting in 1916 and going into the late 1920s. These fantastic sewing books were published by the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences founded by Mary Brooks Picken. Mary Brooks Picken was the most prolific sewing teacher and writer of all time. In addition to this series she also wrote the best how to sew guide book produced by Singer. All told she wrote 96 books on sewing. She also taught "Economics of Fashion" at Columbia University.
Each Woman's Institute Book is a small 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 Inch booklet. This is dated 1923. It starts on page 47 and ends on page 76. The condition is fine with minor chipping on the cover page.