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Published April 6th 2012
I spotted these two cuties on the wall at Brisbane Square Library in the city the other day. The library often has exhibitions on the second level, with displays on the walls or dotted about in glass cabinets.
The current exhibition (Enid Gilchrist -- Celebrating Home Sewing in Australia) runs until the end of April. It focuses on children's fashion created by Australian sewing legend Enid Gilchrist from the 1950s onwards. Lots of framed vintage sewing books are on display, and glass cabinets feature many of the garments themselves.
These retro images and outfits took me back to my mother sewing fancy-dress costumes for my older sisters from Enid's patterns, and the sound of Mum's Singer sewing machine whirring away.
If you'd like to learn some of these old-school sewing secrets, the library is holding free public workshops during the exhibition to teach people how to draft a child's clothing pattern based on original Enid Gilchrist designs and methods.