Sew Retro: A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl by Judi Ketteler is a smart, pop culture-ish history of women and sewing over the last 150 years (beginning with the invention of the first workable sewing machine in the mid-19th century and ending with today’s sewing resurgence).
Dozens of charming retro illustrations and photographs bring the narrative to life. But Sew Retro is also a how-to guide for making your own retro-inspired accessories, clothing, and home dec. Projects are organized by chapter (19th century, 1920s, 1930s & 40s, 1950s, 1960s & 70s, and today). Each project has thorough and clearly-written instructions, as well as illustrations (some projects also have pattern pieces). Sew Retro is packed with all kinds of extra goodies, like timelines, fun sidebars with historical bits of info and retro-sewing tips, profiles of creative women throughout history, and Q&As with some really terrific fabric and pattern designers with retro flair, like Amy Butler, Kathy Miller (of Michael Miller), Betz White, and others.