Today I am looking at one of the schools of dressmaking up across the border in Scotland, the 'Rodmure School of Dressmaking and Design'. I came across a listing with 2 pattern books from 1899 and 1900, on ebay, and couldn't resist!! When I received the package in the post I was delighted to find two pattern cutting pamphlets, and a cutting board, and some pattern pieces drafted out on one sheet of paper, along with the measurements taken by the student whom this obviously belonged to. It all came in its original folder, too. So at some point, I plan to sit down and go through the course myself (one day!)
|The 'Rodmure' System Pattern Board. Turn of the 20th Century|
From reading the brief information about the company inside, the course made its way down to England after a few years, and was taught in schools and well as to private individuals. Part I explains how to take measurements, how to draft the pattern pieces, how to adapt the pattern, and 'hints on making up.' There are directions for how to make a skirt, and how to use the pattern for a child.
Part II includes similar descriptions to above, but there are diagrams to assist you as you go along, and directions to make a coat and cape also.
|Part II - Jacket Cutting|
|Close-up of Pattern Board|
|Rodmure is on the left hand side, up one storey. glasgowhistory.com|
|Rhoda around 1900. Scottish Jewish Archives Centre|
On the last page of both pamphlets is an advertisement for Rodmure Corsets:
I have had a try, but sadly can't find any information about the corsets that were made and sold by them, but I will certainly keep an eye out.
So, if anyone has Part III of this system, please, do contact me!