Since 1851, when Isaac Singer built the first commercially successful sewing machine for home use, there has been a need for sewing patterns. Enid Gilchrist produced many pattern books for dolls, infants, children and adults. Her pattern books could be widely purchased through newsagents and New Idea.
Making clothing from scratch has been declining since the popularity of affordable ready-made clothes and an increase in women entering the workforce. In addition, today there are paper patterns ...
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