If the design looks familiar then you (like us) have spent too much time on eBay looking through vintage dress patterns. However, these aren’t actually patterns, this is the Just Sew Sweet Notecard Set.
This is interesting. Like many people, we have, in the past, spent a lot of time browsing car boots and eBay for vintage dress patterns, ideally in unopened condition. You would guess Simplicity have realised this happens and jumped in with the Simplicity Retro range.
For a sweet, stocking filler type of gift, take a look at this vintage wallpaper pocket mirror, one of the designs by Beadin Nora.
Not quite the risque book you might be expecting, Vintage Lingerie: Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen is an altogether more practical book.
Part reference, part guide to creating period pieces, Vintage Lingerie looks at the progression of lingerie over the last 120 years, from 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brassieres, not to mention vintage corsets, garter belts and basques, along with 1950s New Look girdles, brassieres and knickers.
The book includes 25 'fully annotated working patterns' alongside drawings, photographs and practical advice on any feature or alteration necessary for making up the garments. So if you are looking for authenticity, this is the place to go. 128 pages long and published by Batsford, you can order a copy from Amazon for £17.