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Sewing Collection

Background imageSewing Collection: Young girl cleaning and tidying

Young girl cleaning and tidying. Source unknown

Background imageSewing Collection: Nursery scenes

Nursery scenes

Background imageSewing Collection: The Magic Patches

The Magic Patches. Orphan girl Linda sews patches on the coat of a beggar-man

Background imageSewing Collection: Boy sewing in a window

Boy sewing in a window

Background imageSewing Collection: Tailor and dress maker

Tailor and dress maker
People You See. Tailor and dress maker. From Teddy Bear (30 November 1963)

Background imageSewing Collection: The Tailor Bird

The Tailor Bird

Background imageSewing Collection: Silhouette Calendar -- January

Silhouette Calendar -- January, New Year Resolutions. Showing a little girl sewing at a table. 20th century

Background imageSewing Collection: Nursery Rhyme -- The Carrion Crow

Nursery Rhyme -- The Carrion Crow. A tailor sits sewing, and is irritated by a carrion crow making a noise in a tree. He aims at the crow with his crossbow

Background imageSewing Collection: Cover design, Silhouette Calendar

Cover design, Silhouette Calendar -- Many Happy Returns. Showing a little girl sitting at a table sewing. 20th century

Background imageSewing Collection: Fishermans daughter, Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Fishermans daughter, Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
Fishermans daughter standing outside her home, Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire. late 19th century

Background imageSewing Collection: Tailor sewing by a stream

Tailor sewing by a stream

Background imageSewing Collection: Wartime cover of Weldons Ladies Journal

Wartime cover of Weldons Ladies Journal
Front cover of Weldons Ladies Journal for August 1940 with a wartime couple, smiling together, he in RAF uniform. The cover also advertises patterns inside of pretty undies and a smart frock

Background imageSewing Collection: Geishas sewing, reading and writing, Japan

Geishas sewing, reading and writing, Japan
Three geishas sewing, reading and writing, Japan. circa 1890s

Background imageSewing Collection: Costume design students at Central School of Art

Costume design students at Central School of Art

Background imageSewing Collection: Fairies by Hilda Miller

Fairies by Hilda Miller
An assortment of fairies sit on the branches of a plum tree. One sews, while the others appear to be contemplating taking a bite out of one of the plums. Date: 1922

Background imageSewing Collection: Wartime fashions, 1940

Wartime fashions, 1940
A variety of smart dresses available as sewing patterns from Weldon s. Date: 1940

Background imageSewing Collection: Wartime shopping bag

Wartime shopping bag
Instructions from Weldons Ladies Journal on how to make a gay, easy-to-make shopping bag which folds up when not in use, and is a useful alternative to the paper wrappings becoming increasingly

Background imageSewing Collection: Poster: Simple jobs that girls can do

Poster: Simple jobs that girls can do to help win the war. 1940s

Background imageSewing Collection: Man at Work. Ballroom dancer in dressing room

Man at Work. Ballroom dancer in dressing room
Man at Work. A ballroom dancer repairing his costume in a dressing room. This photograph was featured in the exhibition The Ballroom Spy in collaboration with artist Jack Vettriano which transferred

Background imageSewing Collection: J & P Coats Sewing Cotton

J & P Coats Sewing Cotton
Late 19th Century Showcard - J & P Coats Sewing Cotton late 19th century

Background imageSewing Collection: Boy operating a sewing machine

Boy operating a sewing machine
A boy operating some kind of sewing or stitching machine with a treadle

Background imageSewing Collection: Fairy flannel is the skin of peaches

Fairy flannel is the skin of peaches (Useful Hints). 1922

Background imageSewing Collection: Doggy Seamstress

Doggy Seamstress
A dog seamstress stitching up a torn dolly. Date: early 1930s

Background imageSewing Collection: Daily Mirror Advertising space advertisement - Hatter

Daily Mirror Advertising space advertisement - Hatter
An advertisement from the Daily Mirror looking for companies to advertise in the newspaper, using the argument that more skilled workers than ever are readers of the paper

Background imageSewing Collection: Making horse tack in a workshop

Making horse tack in a workshop
Two craftsmen preparing the leatherwork for horse tack; shaping, stretching and sewing the pieces to the correct shape and size. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith Date: circa 1980

Background imageSewing Collection: Clothes Factory - 1963

Clothes Factory - 1963
A Clothes factory in Hemel Hempstead manufacturing coats Date: 1963

Background imageSewing Collection: Shoe Factory Norwich

Shoe Factory Norwich
The interior of the Norvic shoe factory in Norwich. The women are sewing the shoes with Singer sewing machines as the pin ups of the era such as Cliff Richard look on Date: 1961

Background imageSewing Collection: Clothing Factory 1963

Clothing Factory 1963
Rows of women working with sewing machines in a clothing factory in Hemel Hempstead Date: 1963

Background imageSewing Collection: Quorum Boutique, London

Quorum Boutique, London
Interior of Kensington fashion boutique Quorum, founded by Alice Pollock and later joined by Ossie Clark; here a break from the sewing machine and ironing board Date: 1964

Background imageSewing Collection: Making Handbags

Making Handbags
Men and women working together in a factory, making handbags with sewing machines. Date: early 1930s

Background imageSewing Collection: Empire Day Flags

Empire Day Flags
Women at sewing machines making Union Jack flags for Empire Day, (May 24, Queen Victorias birthday), which was celebrated between 1904 and 1958. Date: early 1930s



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