I Ravelings from the Workshop of a Designer 9
II Sketching Your Own Dress 20
III Cutting and Assembling 36
IV Fit or Misfit 45
V Color and Color Combinations 56
VI Economy Measures 64
VII Finishings 77
I SUPPOSE I know as much — which means as little — about the fashioning of feminine garments as the average man does* Being, I trust, an average man I know when a woman seems to be smartly dressed and becomingly turned out. I get that sense of subtle affinity between the clothes and the wearer which we call good taste, but exactly what preliminary steps have been taken to achieve that exceedingly worthwhile result, remain, so far as I am concerned, profound mysteries. I admire the finished product; perhaps, dimly, I wonder what might have been the processes by which the accomplishment was brought about, but for me that, substantially, is all. So for me to be trying to write an introduction for a book of this type is mildly humorous to start with.
My excuse for writing it is that I know the author of it, and tremendously admire her on her own account, and because of the notable success she has achieved in her chosen field. I have known her since her childhood. She began her professional career, as I may testify from reliable hearsay evidence, with a certain natural ability; to that ability she added perseverance, gallantry, determination, enthusiasm. Through hard knocks and long experience, she learned her calling so well that I am very sure she must abundantly be qualified to teach it to others.
In any event her daily life has been an example in pluck and cheerfulness and earnest endeavor to everyone about her. Moreover she has that precious thing — a true sense of humor — which means the ability to laugh at herself with the same gaiety of spirit with which she laughs at the rest of the world.
Perhaps she weaves the essences of these qualities into the wares she designs. On second thought I am sure she must do this very thing. Unless she did it, she wouldn't be the Hannah Corbett Shelton I know.
Irvin S. Cobb
Digitized by Google Books.
May 4, 2016 Subject:
More of an "idea journal"
More of an idea journal than anything, it gives you ideas and instruction on how to DRAW an idea for a clothing piece, such as how to sketch a rose or monogram, how to draw ruffles etc. There are NO PATTERNS in this book, so look elsewhere if that is what you are looking for.
You could probably get the entire gist of this title by a quick scanning over a few paragraphs here and there. It is basically meant to give someone the courage and inspiration to use their own creative energy to design clothing styles is all