1921 - A COMPLETE COURSE IN DRESSMAKING, 12 VOLS COMPLETE SET, Isabel Conover
A COMPLETE COURSE IN DRESSMAKING IN TWELVE LESSONS — by Isabel De Nyse Conover — 1st Edition/1st Printing — 12 Volumes COMPLETE SET, 1921 — VERY RARE
Publisher: Edward J. Code, New York (1921)
As per our research, we have been unable to find another complete set. First edition from 1921, in well preserved condition. For all 12 volumes, the softcover boards and binding are solid and tight save for light shelfwear. Volumes 11 and 12 have a slight warping at the bottom. The pages and illustrations are crisp and clean save for light damp stain on the bottom of Volumes 7-12. Lesson One: Preliminary Information and Index; Lesson Two: How to Make Aprons and House Dresses; Lesson Three: How to Make Underwear; Lesson Four: How to Make Infants' Clothes; Lesson Five: How to Make Blouses; Lesson Six: How to Make Men's Clothes; Lesson Seven: How to Make Boys' Clothes; Lesson Eight: How to Make Children's Clothes; Lesson Nine: How to Make Women's Skirts; Lesson Ten: How to Make Dresses; Lesson Eleven: How to Make Coats; and Lesson Twelve: Trimming and Draping. A very scarce and notable find, with wonderful lessons and illustrations throughout. Please see below for more information on the author and illustrator, Ms. Conover.
Isabel De Nyse Conover
Designer Isabel De Nyse Conover has been attributed to the creator and promoter of "Flapper Design Fashion" of the 1920s. Feisty, artful and respected, her designs reflected a gracious elegance during the Roaring Twenties. Not only a designer, Isabel was also Fashion Editor for Woman’s Home Companion. Her assignment for the July 1926 issue was to travel across the United States and compare styles favored by the women who lived there. Based on her impressions during the trip, Conover was directed to design 9 dresses inspired by her findings. Her designs were the fashions blue print for women of the era. Conover believed that every woman could design their own fashions with "style and flair" and created a number of instructional publications to foster this movement with her first and most notable 12 set of A Complete Course in Dressmaking at the beginning of the 1920s. -Wikipedia