[Deshler, OH]: [1948-1994]. String-tied album (12'' x 14.5'' approx). Moderate bumping and wear to edges and corners. 16 construction-paper leaves with fabric samples and pattern clippings mounted recto and verso, with notes in pencil, followed by 17 blank leaves. Very good plus. Very good +. Item #23648
Meticulous record of a home sewer's completed garments, with fabric swatches (noting material, cost per yard, and place of purchase), construction techniques, and completion times, along with illustrations both clipped from patterns and hand-drawn.
The majority of the entries are for dresses, from 1948's gingham day dresses to a 1952 midnight-blue taffeta gown with flared skirt and princess neckline. Renfer writes: "A lot of years missing between about 1952-1979." Following this gap are entries for several cotton dresses, blouses, and camisoles, made between 1980 and the mid-1990s. From the earliest entries, Renfer records custom changes made to pictured dress designs (eliminating pleats, shortening sleeves), and appears to have constructed some simpler skirts without the use of any commercial pattern.
A careful history of home clothing production from an accomplished sewer and a valuable record of the technical skills and labor once required in the rural 20th century household.