Monday, January 3, 2011

1930s Draping Book

I found this draping book at my school library (among others) and have finally gotten around to scanning it as I can't find a copy for sale anywhere. Now that it's two weeks overdue and I'm heading back to classes in a week I figure I should take care of this little tidbit, making sure I have all the information safely saved on my computer. It's a textbook from the Women's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences in Scranton, PA and was published in 1936. The entire book is 54 pages, but I'll share some of the illustrations with you all.

I've got another book from 1935 that I also planned on getting scanned this afternoon and will share with you soon. I've also located my camera charger and will share pictures of the plaid outfit progress later.


  1. What a treasure!
    I'm self taught and that is exactly how I have done when designing my dresses. This gave med another push to go further.
    Thank you!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I love to see these kind of pictures.

  3. Wow! This is awesome! Thank you for posting them : ) I love the collars - I'd love to try some of those on the dresses I'm making!

  4. It's so weird to watch these drapings come together in their illustrated form! Neat, though. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing the scans. I can glean a lot of information from these.

  6. So I'm a teensy bit late to comment on this post, but thank you so much for sharing this! I am trying to complete a full list of the Woman's Institute books and this is the only copy of this edition I've ever seen. I just love all the 30s era design details here. I've linked to your post on my blog too. :)

  7. Hola por favor puedes compartir tu libro mi email es roberto05011959@gmailcom

  8. Gracias por compartirnos tan preciadas joyas del diseño y la moda.
    Si puedes también me gustaría que me compartas una copia del escáner de los dos libros que nos mencionas.
    Mi correo electrónico es


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