Mary Frances Sewing Book: Adventures Among the Thimble People, 1913, Jane Eayre Fryer. I know, I know. This isn’t a cookbook. But it is the companion to Mary Frances Cook Book: Adventures Among the Kitchen People. (See our copy, here: https://www.vintagecookbook.com/product/mary-frances-cook-book-1912/.) And this copy of the Sewing Book is in great antique condition. The front hinge is weak, but holding. The binding is firm. All pages are clean and clear. All patterns are still bound into the book. The boards are covered with blue linen, and the illustration was pasted onto the front of the book. It is in excellent antique condition.
The Sewing Book was written by Jane Eayre Fryer and illustrated by Jane Allen Boyer. It was published by the John C. Winston Company, Philadelphia, PA, in 1913. It is a first edition, first printing copy, no other being mentioned. Fryer’s dedication says, “For all girls who love to make pretty things.” This is an extremely intricate book. It has a profusely illustrated story line, including several full colored, full page plates. It also includes ten patterns for doll clothes, tissue paper encased in fold-over double pages. The patterns are for a doll’s nightgown, bathrobe, kimono, dressing sack, pinafore, morning dress, flannel petticoat, underwaist, lawn petticoat, drawers, rompers, bloomers, leggings, fur-lined cape, afternoon dress, guimpe, party dress, automobile coat, automobile bonnet, bathing suit, fur muff and tippet, sun bonnet, work bag, rain coat, polo cap, wedding dress, work bag, belt, bib, and collar. All of these patterns are still bound into this copy of the book. The text includes step-by-step instructions for making each of these garments.
AND, the book includes 46 lessons on all things sewing, beginning with outfitting a work basket, continuing through many kinds of stitches (including button-hole stitch,) and including difficult things like French hemming on damask and eyelets.