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The culture of sewing : gender, consumption, and home dressmaking

Author: Barbara Burman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Berg, ©1999.
Series: Dress, body, culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"This book is the first serious account of the significance of home dressmaking as a form of European and American material culture. Exploring themes from the last two hundred years to the present, including gender, technology, consumption and visual representation, contributors show how home dressmakers negotiated and experienced developments to meet a wide variety of needs and aspirations. Not merely passive  Read more...

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Genre/Form: E-books
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Culture of sewing.
Oxford ; New York : Berg, ©1999
Online version:
Culture of sewing.
Oxford ; New York : Berg, ©1999
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Burman
ISBN: 1859732038 9781859732038 1859732089 9781859732083 9781847888884 1847888887
OCLC Number: 43321704
Description: xvi, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Patterns of respectability : publishing, home sewing and the dynamics of class and gender 1870-1914 / Chrisopher Breward --
Made at home by clever fingers : home dressmaking in Edwardian England / Barbara Burman --
On the margins : theorizing the history and significance of making and designing clothes at home / Cheryl Buckley --
Making modern woman, stitch by stitch : dressmaking and women's magazines in Britain 1919-39 / Fiona Hackney --
Home sewing : motivational changes in the twentieth century / Sherry Schofield-Tomschin --
There's no place like home : home dressmaking and creativity in the Jamaican community of the 1940s to the 1960s / Carol Tulloch --
Wearily moving her needle : army officers' wives and sewing in the nineteenth-century American West / Julie A. Campbell --
Commodified craft, creative community : women's vernacular dress in nineteenth-century Philadelphia / Kathryn E. Wilson --
Creating consumers : gender, class and the family sewing machine / Nancy Page Fernandez --
Patterns of choice : women's and children's clothing in the Wallis Archive, York Castle Museum / Mary M. Brooks --
The sewing needle as magic wand : selling sewing lessons to American girls after the Second World War / Eileen Margerum --
Virtual home dressmaking : dressmakers and seamstresses in post-war Toronto / Alesandra Palmer --
The Lady's Economical Assistant of 1808 / Janet Arnold --
Dreams on paper : a story of the commercial pattern industry / Joy Spanabel Emery --
Homeworking and the sewing machine in the British clothing industry 1850-1905 / Andrew Godley --
The sewing machine comes home / Tim Putnam --
A beautiful ornament in the parlour or boudoir : the domestication of the sewing machine / Nicholas Oddy --
Home economics and home sewing in the United States 1870-1940 / Sally I. Helvenston and Margaret M. Bubolz --
"Your clothes are materials of war" : the British government promotion of home sewing during the Second World War / Helen Reynolds.
Series Title: Dress, body, culture.
Responsibility: edited by Barbara Burman.
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Throughout its long history, homedressmaking has been a formative experience in the lives of millions of women. This volume is an account of the significance of homedressmaking as a form of American  Read more...


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Sewing,as a fixture of production, consumption, femininity, gentility, home, and work, deserves the serious attention of historians and theoreticians ... the most interesting essays reveal how ... Read more...

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