In her book, Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman, owner of Indygo Junction, shared a small piece of history of her muse Mary Brooks Picken, and the school she founded, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences.
Mary Brooks Picken is special to us at Coats & Clark, because she was the author of some of our earliest sewing booklets, Sewing Secrets, after which this blog was named .
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Institute this year, Amy will be releasing a series of magazines, Vintage Notions Monthly, which will feature a curated collection of Woman’s Institute materials including:
- Excerpts from the Institute’s newsletter Inspiration & magazine Fashion Service
- Vintage fashion illustrations
- Inspiring stories
- Sewing lessons & techniques
- A monthly Magic Pattern – a fashion sewing pattern created from personal measurements instead of pattern pieces.
The sewing lessons, vintage wisdom and beautiful (and fun to color!) illustrations are timeless.
Amy is sharing a special preview of the first issue with Sewing Secrets readers! Click to Preview Not only will you get the first issue, but you will also receive a BONUS pdf called “What the Institute Means to Me”. This is a special booklet featuring personal stories from students of the Woman’s Institute, and the impact the school had on their lives. View the Vintage Made Monthly trailer, and click here for a special offer.