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Celebrating Vintage Sewing with Amy Barickman: Enter to Win a Book & Subscription

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Amy Barickman is the founder of Indygo Junction and a creative leader in the sewing and needle arts industry. Better still, she’s a friend of Sew4Home! We’ve always been impressed with Amy’s passion for all things vintage. In 2010, she released the book, Vintage Notions, inspired by Mary Brooks Picken and the work Picken did through The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Women’s Institute, and Amy felt it was the perfect time to revisit and build upon this wonderful material. Find out more about the history of your favorite pastime, and enter to win a copy of Amy’s book as well as a subscription to her new accompanying magazine! 

Hello, fellow sewing enthusiasts and thanks to Sew4Home for letting me tell you about one of my favorite topics: vintage sewing. As S4H mentioned above, The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences was founded by Mary Brooks Picken 100 years ago, on February 29, 1916. Her goal was “to make a practical knowledge of the domestic arts and sciences available to every woman or girl, wherever she may live”. This was accomplished through correspondence courses on cooking, needlework, dressmaking, fashion, and entrepreneurship. Through the Institute’s 20 year reign, they educated hundreds of thousands of students.


I immersed myself into the world of The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, collecting and curating the materials from the Institute and compiling my favorite pieces. I combined this information, along with my own writings, into the Vintage Notions book.


As the centennial of the Woman's Institute approached, I was inspired to revisit the material and bring more of it to a modern audience. This led to the February 2016 launch of my first issue of Vintage Notions Monthly, a magazine series that includes curated content from the Woman’s Institute Inspiration newsletter and Fashion Service magazine. I’ve started the Vintage Notions Monthly journey with issues from 1920. This was a fantastic year for the Inspiration newsletter, and the coordinating illustrations from Fashion Service magazine are just beautiful. Any fans of the costumes of Downton Abbey will love the descriptions and illustrations of these fashions. I put together a short video on YouTube describing how the magazine series evolved; I hope you’ll take a look. 

Each issue of Vintage Notions Monthly will also include a "Magic Pattern" for a fun sewing project. Magic Patterns are sewing patterns that don’t use pattern pieces – you draft the pattern using your own measurements. Mary Brooks Picken invented the Magic Pattern and included them in the Institute's Inspiration newsletter. 


These vintage patterns inspired me to write The Magic Pattern Book. I think you’ll love seeing how Mary’s original concept of Magic Patterns translates into modern fashion. There are six magic patterns in The Magic Pattern Book, resulting in thirty-six different looks!


Click to our site, to download and read a sample issue of Vintage Notions Monthly, which includes a FREE Magic Pattern for Mary's Glamour Cape and Hood.

Also, be sure to check out the latest addition to my "vintage-made modern world," the Vintage Notions coloring books. Fashion Therapy is the first book in our coloring book series. You can play fashion designer by coloring in the gorgeous 1920s illustrations, which all come from original Woman's Institute materials.

How to enter to win a copy of Vintage Notions plus a one-year subscription to Vintage Notions Monthly


Thanks to the generosity of Amy and her team at Indygo Junction, one randomly selected, very lucky winner will receive both the beautiful Vintage Notions book and a one-year digital subscriptio to her Vintage Monthly magazine. A $120+ value.

To enter to win, we invite you to sign up at the Indygo Junction site for their free newsletter (there’s a subscription sign-up box at the top right of any page on their site), and/or to follow them on Pinterest or Facebook. All these options allow you to stay up-to-date on all their latest promotions, videos, patterns, fabric, and more.

We will draw the winner at random from this combined social media universe, which means if you follow Indygo Junction in more than one way, you have more chances to win! 

Participation deadline is midnight PT July 15, 2016. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.

NOTE: This Giveaway is open to our US visitors as well as our International visitors.

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Comments (26)

Wanda Ball said:
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Hopefully I got the entry in correctly.  I would love to win.  Good luck to everyone who has entered!

Ruth Bridges said:
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I hope I entered this right. Very nice give away, Thank-you !

adonnya said:
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Brings back memories of my mother's fashions. I love the vintage styles.

Karen J said:
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Wow, had no idea this book existed. What a nice book to add to my collection.

Shirlsew said:
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I never knew such a book and a magazine existed! Thanks Sew4Home!



Brenda Sanderson said:
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What a wonderful giveaway as books are always treasures to own. Hats off to you for your great giveaway !

Vicki Sprain said:
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Awesome giveaway! For a long time, I have been trying to locate this book for myself. Hope I win!!

Dianna Loftis said:
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I love vintage anything especially the clothing. Would love the magazine for the breaks I take during the day. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Dianna - Thanks! So glad you're entering and finding out more about Vintage Notions.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Karen - It's a book you can look at again and again. 

Annie S. said:
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I had the pleasure of meeting Amy at the Cleveland Ohio Sewing Expo a few years back. I was so taken with her that I absolutely had to purchase her beautiful book. It is such a wonderful, relaxing read......nothing to rush through....just something to pick up as you have your morning coffee, or afternoon tea, and read a few pages. Amy did a remarkable job of inserting her personal thoughts into the contents of the magazines she shared. I've taken this book to my mother's house so she could read through it as she convelesced through two hip surgerys.........and almost didn't get it back. She enjoyed it as much as I did! Thank you Amy for this lovely keepsake. I truly enjoy it. (and by the way.....at the time I met Amy, I had no idea she was the Indygo Junction Amy. The I.X. Center was packed and I only had a few hours. Afterwards, I wish I would have taken more time to chat with her. The pleasure was all mine.)

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Annie - What a great story about Amy. She really is so knowledgable on this subject!

Anonymous said:
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I'm trying to figure out What is "slashing" on a 1940's vintage pattern at this time.

Rhonda.Spears204 said:
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Beautiful in this article.  Book have very interesting concepts.