The book Vintage Notions
by Amy Barickman
is a collection of the work of Mary Brooks Picken
and The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences including
original patterns, essays, advice and illustrations. I once found a book
by Mary Brooks Picken at my local library and fell in love with her
Vintage Notions is organized into monthly chapters featuring seasonal
recipes, advice and sewing patterns. There is only one sewing project
per chapter (12 in total) but the book includes fun and interesting
original content from the 1920s and 30s.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in vintage sewing or women's history. It's really a lot fun to read and interesting to discover how similar and different lives were almost a hundred years ago.