1909: The American system of dressmaking
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.
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: I had a lovely comment come through about a personal connection to the book (a relative who passed the course and gained their Diploma!)
So I have updated with a little more information to put the book in context.
There are also a few more recent books that describe it as the largest successful dressmaking correspondence school at the time:
Vol. 4, No. 9
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More such adverts can be found, I used the following search criteria: https://www.google.co.nz/search?tbm=bks&hl=en&q=American+College+of+Dressmaking%2C+Kansas+City