A Few Procrastinatory Monday Links

by Erin on March 8, 2010

Norman Pattern

Jessica found this incredibly steampunk Norman pattern and wonders if anyone has information they can share about Mrs. N.R. Norman, inventress. This is Centennial Pattern No. 8, for those keeping score at home, and is from the 1890s. It may be a St. Louis company — it's marked St. Louis. Any information? Please leave a comment! (Here's a bigger image.)

Speaking of comments, Becky O. left one on Friday pointing us to this WONDERFUL writeup by TrueUp about the different on-demand fabric printers. Exhaustive and well-researched, definitely worth checking out.

Kate found the button-top (not dress) I was thinking of. Great for Rolling Stones fans!

Kristen sent this link to dresses knitted from trash. So cool. (Although probably itchy.)

Anna sent me a link to The Sewing Machine Attachment book. (It's a book about different attachments FOR your machine, not about fostering your attachment TO your machine.) I have purchased mine, will review when I get it!

Lucy (who is the person behind Home Movie Day London) sent this link to a digitised (British spelling, in Lucy's honour) film of 1930s fashions. Lovely!

A few self-promoty links:

If you like words, and are on Facebook, might you not consider being a fan of Wordnik on Facebook? Our fan page is here. If you're not a Facebooker but still want Wordnik words of the day, that link is here. But the only place you can see the Wordnik LIST of the day (a collection of related words) is on Twitter:@wordnik. [If you're looking for me on Twitter, I'm @emckean for word-type stuff, @FakeErinMcKean for "what-I-had-for-lunch" type stuff.] (Whew! That's a lot of social media in one place …)

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Kathryn March 8, 2010 at 5:53 am
beangirl March 8, 2010 at 6:08 am

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beangirl March 8, 2010 at 6:09 am

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Sheila / Out of the Ashes Collectibles March 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

Inventress? Okay thats a new one for me – is that a real word?

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cpeep March 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

Check out this article, too. (Search within the document for the word Norman.)http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/HistoryTechnology/text/SSHT-0042.txtCarolExtreme Cards and Papercrafting

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Sara March 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm

What a lot of cool links. I love how you provide all these neat things I like to look at, without my having to search for them. Those garments knitted from trash–just the kind of thing I wish I had done in art school!

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Becky O. March 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The True Up post was updated with a downloadable chart today- what timing!http://www.trueup.net/?p=5364It should also be noted that each printer has a flickr group where you can see inspiring pictures…

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Anonymous March 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Unfortunately, if she patented any of her inventions, Google Patents ( http://www.google.com/patents )has mangled crucial information in the optical conversion of the patent documents to electronic text. I couldnt find any matches for combinations of terms like Norman, St. Louis, Missouri, dressmaking, 1893, etc., that would seem to be for her inventions. However, searching for dressmaking and sorting by older patents first does yield the work of some other inventive women and men of her day.

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Eva March 10, 2010 at 9:53 pm

There were a huge number of tailor block systems and commercial pattern makers by the 1890s. American women were already very prolific seamstresses and they were constantly keeping up with modern fashions. :)

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Sara March 11, 2010 at 10:04 am

Maybe this tailors square is the only thing she invented? Fabulous graphic.

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libby March 12, 2010 at 8:43 am

Mrs. Normans pattern is actually a giant sewists Ouija board. Quick! Erin! Delete this post or all of our mystical powers will be revealed!

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judi.0044 March 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Help – I hope you or a reader can solve a question I have regarding a Simplicity pattern line (they dont seem to know the answer). Im wondering what the origination was for the pattern line of the 1990s known as Maren dress? This would be a womens line – separates as well as dresses I believe. Many thanks.

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What-I-Found March 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I have a book Cutting a Fashionable Fit by Claudia B Kidwell. Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979. Mrs. N. R. Norman is mentioned; Her publications are listed from 1878 to 1896 (4 publications listed, all privately printed), but its not clear which one this is. It does say that the State of Origin is Missouri and that the clothing types were Men, Women and Children. Maybe that will help the research!

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Jessica in AR March 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Thanks to Erin for posting the Norman pattern and thanks to everyone for the helpful comments! I have Kidwells book in hand(thank you inter-library loan!) and the link to the auction was surprisingly helpful. I still dont have a lot of info, but Im getting a good start. Thank you!

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