The American system of dressmaking (1909)

The American system of dressmaking (1909)

Author: Merwin, Pearl
Subject: American College of Dressmaking, Kansas City, Mo; Dressmaking; Tailoring (Women’s); Garment cutting
Publisher: Kansas City, Mo., The American College of Dressmaking
Possible copyright status: The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item.
Language: English
Call number: 10096944
Digitizing sponsor: Sloan Foundation
Book contributor: The Library of Congress
Collection: library_of_congress; americana
Full catalog record: MARCXML

Okay, this is lovely. Drafting, sewing and fitting for a full wardrobe from innerwear to outerwear. Basically to the point where you’d have to go buy things (like millinery, hoiery, shoes, and corsets.)

Mainly women’s clothing.

Addn 16/09/18: as per the wonderful comment below I went to look for more information about the school.

The Rotarian

May 1914
144 pages
Vol. 4, No. 9
ISSN 0035-838X
Published by Rotary International
Established in 1911, The Rotarian is the official magazine of Rotary International and is circulated worldwide. Each issue contains feature articles, columns, and departments about, or of interest to, Rotarians. Seventeen Nobel Prize winners and 19 Pulitzer Prize winners – from Mahatma Ghandi to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – have written for the magazine.

More such adverts can be found, I used the following search criteria:

3 thoughts on “The American system of dressmaking (1909)”

  1. My great-grandmother was a student of the American College of Dressmaking, Kansas City. I have her diploma (!) which was apparently granted to her upon her completion of their course of study. Was there an actual, physical school, or was this a correspondence type school? I’m curious to know more. My great-grandmother was a fantastic seamstress and for many years she sewed every stitch of clothing that her family wore. I have an apron she made, as well as a poke bonnet that she made for my grandmother. The work is flawless. I would love to hear from you – my email is [email protected].

  2. How wonderful! It was a correspondence school. There is a set of questions at the end of each lesson. I need to read further to find out if these were intended as student notes or to be sent back. Throughout the book there are photos of the offices which are really interesting to see. Old school open offices essentially- except with little gates.
    The lessons are very comprehensive, at the end there is even a brief history of costume (though the line art is very much in the style of the early 20th century). I’m so glad this book has been digitised.

    I also found an advert for the school, well a double page spread from an advertising manager. I’m going to add them to the post as I think I can’t link easily through a reply:,+Kansas+City&source=bl&ots=sRppZ9nitS&sig=URqC15Kl3-Be_3hn4TOeod4qotA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi9isiB-r3dAhVGXbwKHcXbAIw4ChDoATAIegQICBAB#v=onepage&q=American%20College%20of%20Dressmaking%2C%20Kansas%20City&f=false

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