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Your Future Home Guide: 1945 house plan designs

Sometime last year I found a lovely booklet of house plans at my local thrift shop. The book was published in 1945, and includes fifty plans for small homes that were designed during a time of frugality and increasing efficiency. With most designs falling under 1,000 square feet, these homes are half of what modern homes are made of-- but I wonder how many people are truly happier with their oversized homes and oversized mortgages.
We've been house dreaming for ages, it seems, and if we were to build I'd be keen to pursue a design like one these contained in the old pages: a focus on community areas such as the kitchen and living room, outdoor patios, and smaller bedrooms. I'd happily trade the garage for a sewing space, and build a small art studio in the back for Steve's endeavors. We can all dream, right?


















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Beyers Wäscheheft; sewing vintage undergarments and pajamas for the whole family!

One of the ways that I satisfy my sewing craze when my limited time prevents actual sewing, is browsing/collecting/hoarding vintage sewing ephemera.

I've written before about Lutterloh, and once I realized how much I admired pre and post-war German sewing ephemera, I expanded my searches internationally-- which led me to fabulous sewing magazines. I'd heard of Burda before, but it wasn't until I browsed eBay that I realized the trend of sewing magazines began long ago-- why didn't this approach become popular in the US? It's so practical and conservative to issue a full magazine of patterns, allowing the user to trace the pieces once they are ready/interested.

Anyway, I recently purchased a collection of old sewing magazines from a seller in Italy for a very fair price. After winning the bid, she emailed and asked if I would be interested in having extra magazines for no charge except additional shipping. What a kind offer! With an enthusiastic yes and payment, I w…