— Mabel D. Erwin, Practical Dress Design, 1954
cmraphael said: Hi, Professor Pski. I really enjoyed your book. I'm an ND alumna (ND'94) and an avid knitter. Have you looked at the history of knitting at all? There's some interesting stuff going back to I think around 1830s or so for knitted patterns...
Hi, I don’t know when you sent this, so I hope I am not too tardy in replying. I have not looked into the history of knitting although I have certainly come across lots of 20the century knitting and crocheting patterns in magazines in old bookstores. I tried to steer away from needlework too as I could never have finished my book if I had to research all those topics.
kostumkerol said: Hello, Prof. Przybyszewski, I just ran across the excerpt of your new Dress book on academia and am fascinated about where you got your information about Mary Brooks Picken and the Woman's Institute. I've been researching the WI for quite some time and there seems to be a dearth of data on them as an institute. I have collected all their booklets and magazines as well as sewing ephemera, but more than their own propaganda on enrollments alludes me. Any help would be appreciated! Carol Wood
Hello, I am meeting more and more big fans of MBP as I travel. If you check the footnotes in the book, you will see some of my sources. Because I teach at a university, I have access to all the paid subscriptions to the databases of old newspapers, and I have access to the older printed sources that list biographical sources which I then ordered through Interlibrary loan, like old Who’s Who and things like that. There may be a state university library that you will have access to as a resident, and some private research libraries allow people to buy privileges to use the resources.
— Claire McCardell, What Shall I Wear (1956)