Guessing Game

by Ramona on May 18, 2012

Cuttng layout for ----

The idea for this little game was gleaned from an awe-inspiring blog called  Fashion-Incubator, owned by ASG member Kathleen Fasanella. Kathleen’s real job is inside the garment production and patternmaking industry.  As a sewing enthusiast, I have read very informative posts  on this blog, opening a window to an important part of the garment industry; then there is fun stuff such as the pattern puzzle posts, the inspiration behind this one. You can access Fashion-Incubator here, or from our blog roll. Thanks for the “pattern puzzle” inpiration, Kathleen!

On to the guessing game….

Look at this image from an instruction booklet published in 1934, where it shows the cutting layout of a sewing project. This is one of several booklets published by the Spool Cotton Company in the 1930’s, and I found them at an antique booth many decades later :).

Readers, you’ll guess the end project, e.g. dress, pants, skirt, blouse, slip, bra, etc. Take your best shot and tell us in the comment section!! I will reveal the complete booklet in next week’s post. Correct answers get …………. bragging rights.


1. You begin with just two pieces of 36” square fabric (39” squares for a larger size), and then cut 4 triangles from the corners, to be attached elsewhere. Herein lies the key……  EDIT: Make that 3 triangles from each square. Sorry.

2. It’s a garment (not a home-dec project). That should narrow it down somewhat.

3. There is added embellishment using a faggoting stitch.

4. The fabric used is “nainsook” (???). I think I may have given away the answer here for those who know the identity of “nainsook”. For all others, you’re probably Googling it as we speak.

So, how about it, really-smart-readers?? Give it a go!

Next week I will reveal the identity of this project including instructions exactly as printed in the booklet!

Samina, American Sewing Guild, follow us on Twitter @SewingGuild


Sue Slottke May 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I don’t want to spoil it for others but I know what nainsook is, or used to be. hint for ASG members, if you attended Conference in Atlanta and went to Jonesboro you probably saw some of the garments that were probably made from this fabric. But you might not ever see them in public! Samina, am I on the right track??

Samina May 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hi Sue, I did not go to Jonesboro during the Atlanta ASG Conference, so I did not see what you saw.
But I did look up “nainsook” in an old “Butterick Fabric Handbook” — and my lips are sealed.
Thanks for commenting!

Kathleen May 19, 2012 at 12:22 am

Ive come to look at this twice -stymied but steadfastly ignoring hints- when I return home from my trip, I will try this out and let you know what I come up with. Thanks for the challenge!

Leslie @ ASG in the SLC May 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

Omigosh, I have no idea! panties?

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