I was first introduced to this book from the mid-80s by Rachel and had to pick up a copy for myself.
This is one of those books that gives you so many amazing ideas, it’s almost overwhelming. It makes you think that there isn’t enough time in the world to sew all the cool stuff in your brain, you know?
Decorative Dressmaking by Sue Thompson focuses primarily on style details and embellishments. We’re talking about things like pintucks, piping, flounces, applique, bindings, pleats, and ruching.
One of my favorite sections is on working with stripes for different effects.
While some of the photos taken for the book are laughably dated, it’s also chock full of vintage inspiration, along with techniques and ideas illustrated with hand drawings.
There are a few copies of Decorative Dressmaking available on amazon!