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Sewing without a Pattern
Ficarotta
1972

Submitter: I’m teen librarian working in a public library in [Louisiana] and I have been weeding our teen nonfiction section and separating it from the adult nonfiction. I’ve come across many awful books, but just recently I’ve found a truly awful book. Surely there are new books on this topic. This book is from 1972! 44 years old! This book is 44 years old! I can’t believe my library still has this book much less thinks that teens would want to check it out.

Holly: Good catch. It doesn’t belong in either collection – adult or teen non-fiction! It belongs in the book sale, where it will be sold in a matter of minutes. Sweet lampshade hat, though (see image below).

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McCall’s Sewing Book
1963

This book was a really good choice and probably could have lasted for longer than most books. The details are good and illustrations are helpful. It does not take into consideration more modern fabrics and the examples and illustrations just look dated. It is a good all-purpose sewing book and I might be tempted to keep it, especially if I had no alternatives. It would have been a slam dunk in the 1960s and I probably could have kept this almost into the 1980s. Time to weed and honor this book for a long service to the library.

Mary

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Vogue
1972

I know everyone is running to get some info on how to make that stylin’ suit on the cover. The ultra wide tie really pulls it all together. (Sidenote: I believe there is a rogue photo of my husband as a teenager dressed up in a similar manner. He denies all knowledge of this alleged photo.)

I really love some of the fashion stuff from yesteryear. I crack up about what we all thought was so cool back in the day. Then I cry because I am old.

Mary

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