I had to pop into Hopkinson yesterday. Just near Nottingham railway station, Hopkinson is one of my favourite places in town.
Needless to say, it is a vintage emporium, but what an emporium!
Formerly H. Hopkinson Ltd, established around 1880, the building was an “Engineers Merchants” selling to factories, collieries, textile mills, anything relating to engineering, steel, aluminum, brass, nuts, bolts, tools etc.
Nowadays it houses four floors of vintage, antiques, art and creative studio space.
Here’s just a teeny corner of what’s on offer…
I couldn’t resist a little browse… and whilst browsing I stumbled upon the perfect thing for me: The Golden Hands Encyclopedia of Dressmaking.
It’s from 1972. Lets take a closer look at that cover…
That’s me that is, right there!
But they say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Luckily, inside it just gets better and better!
I’m in love with the illustrations…
The typeface is terrific…
And there is lots of information on everything from fabrics and trims…
To techniques and design tips, measuring and fitting, projects, patterns and troubleshooting.
It’s exactly what I need to help me sort out my skirts, perfect my patterns, and generally sharpen up my stitchery.
Lord knows, I need it. I can’t afford to keep going to classes all my life!
Seriously… if, like me, you are trying to master the skills of dressmaking, this book could be your best friend.
The kind of friend that gives good advice, inspires you to greater things and is always there when you need them.
Ok, so it won’t feed your cat or babysit your kids, but hey, you probably have real-life friends for things like that.
Amazingly enough, you can find copies to buy very cheaply on amazon here.
Trust me, it’s pure gold. ♥