weekly photo challenge: threshold


Amy Barickman’s book, Vintage Notions, opened the door to my finding out about Mary Brooks Picken, which led me to reprints of ome of her booklets from the 1920’s and including the Singer book from the 1950’s.  How’s that for a book being the threshold to a wonderful world of vintage sewing ideas/!

Thresh”old, n. [OE. threswold, þreshwold, AS. þrescwald, þerscwald, þerscold, þrescold, fr. þrescan, þerscan, to thresh; akin to Icel. þreskjöde, þröskuldr, Sw. tröskel, Dan. tærskel. See Thrash. 1.]  The plank, stone, or piece of timber, which lies under a door, especially of a dwelling house, church, temple, or the like; the doorsill; hence, entrance; gate; door  2. Fig.: The place or point of entering or beginning, entrance; outset; as, the threshold of life.

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8 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: threshold”

  1. I would LOVE to find a copy of that “One Hour Dress” booklet! any chance you have an idea where I might find one? I know it is vintage, it looks soooo inviting!


    1. Hi, Amanda ~
      Got this reprint from amazon.com, and you can give it a go yourself.
      She does clearly indicate one needs a bit of practice before whipping off a 1-hour dress.
      It has a lot to do with how you fold & cut the pattern, which isn’t a fitted pattern as we think of them today.
      Not much fitting. Even today we all have tried-and-true patterns we can whip out in no time. This was a 1920’s version.
      I haven’t done one of hers yet, but really haven’t practised.
      Yet. 🙂
      Do let us know if you try one!


        1. Amanda, I did take a look at amazon here and all 3 booklets are still listed for sale.
          Then I looked at amazon.uk, and they have 1 of them listed. However, the comments are quite interesting, and I suggest you read them if thinking about a purchase.


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