This weekend the NEC in Birmingham will host “Sewing for Pleasure”, described as ‘the ultimate knitting, stitching and beading show’, and so we have chosen a sewing theme for this week’s Photo Friday.
Our main image is taken from the FL Calder Archive, and shows a dress making class at the college in 1935. Our second image shows some of the collection of sewing patterns we hold in LJMU Special Collections. The patterns range from the 1940s-1970s, mainly focussing on women’s clothes, although we do have some children’s knitting patterns as well.
The FL Calder College of Domestic Science, named after its founder Fanny Louisa Calder, was one of the independent institutions which eventually became Liverpool John Moores University. The archives include interesting early cookery books, letters and administrative records, photographs and a letter from Florence Nightingale referring to Miss Calder as the “Saint of the Laundry, Cooking and Health”. A box list of the collection is now available on our website, to enable access to the collection. Access to all material in our Special Collections is by arrangement with the LJMU Archivist