How’s that for a straight forward title? Well, this little pamphlet came from a straight forward company, the Woman’s Institute of Scranton, Pa. The Women’s Institute was the brainchild of Mary Brooks Picken, sewing guide author, the first woman trustee of FIT, and and one of the five founding members of what was to become the Costume Institute of the Met.
Picken was a very busy woman who accomplished much in her 95 years, but the Woman’s Institute was how she spread her influence across the country. It was basically a mail order business, and a woman could take a course of study in home dressmaking, professional dressmaking, millinery or cookery. Much of the sewing course material was written by Picken herself.
Reading through the promotional literature put out by the Woman’s Institute, you get the distinct feeling that it was Picken’s mission in life to stamp out UGLY.
If you would like to be able to plan and design clothes that will always be a charming expression of your own individuality – to select the lines, colors and materials that will bring out your natural beauty and minimize any little defect – if you would like to have all the pretty things your heart desires at only the cost of the materials – then check below the subject in which you are most interested…
As a sample of the types of things the Woman’s Institute could help with, this folder has an actual chart that helps one select the colors that are most becoming:
The problem is I can’t really decide where I fit in on the chart. I’m sort of between a Pale Brunette and a Blonde-Brunette. I guess that means more options for me!