One book that I came across again was the " The One Hour Dress" by Mary Brooks Picken. Apparently, it was all the rage in 1924. I read somewhere that ladies would actually demonstrate making a dress in an hour to prove that it was possible, thus marketing the book.
What I didn't know is that there were 3 books published. Two in 1924 and one in 1925, and all are great books for beginner dressmakers - even today! What I like particularly about The One Hour Dress, is that it gives detailed instructions on how to take measurements, prepare the fabric, cut the fabric, make the dress and even put sleeves on it so you aren't just cutting out a pattern with a specific size, you can learn to make adjustments for your own body. I don't yet own this book, but perhaps it will be in my possession at some point in the near future (wink, wink)!
So, all this looking around led me to the Amazon Dry Goods website www.amazondrygoods.com who sells period outfit patterns, costuming stuff, you name it! I was continuing this twenties dressmaking fantasy and discovered that the company is up for sale because the owner passed away. How sad! This company is a wonderful thing for people who like this kind of stuff, and I can only hope that someone will buy it up and treat it with as much love as the previous owner. I need to get going on my dressmaking... make several thousand to sell so I can buy up this company and move to Illinois... Another thing to add to my TO DO list.
On a more serious note, I do really hope the business doesn't go bust - it's too wonderful of a thing! And on lighter note, here's what I've decided to make:
The "Tango Dress" - Folkwear Pattern #237
The "Monte Carlo Dress" - Folkwear Pattern #264