This book was made by a young girl named Valeria Henneous who lived in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Gridley Jr High. She had sewing class every Monday with Ms. Vernon in Rm 16 and I'm sure this book was one of her assignments for this class.
I'm guessing her assignment was to come up with a full wardrobe for every possible situation and show along with what fabric she would choose to make the clothing with. I love the fact that someone has held on to this book for approximately 80 years and it is in excellent condition!
Here's an actual 1930's Girl Scout uniform. I guess in the 30's they would sew the badges to the sleeves and did not uses sashes.
The picture she has of the official scout shoe looks like their shoe from 1933 that was made by Melanson and sold for $5.00. In today's money would be closer to $60!
The next page has her choices for coats. She shows an example of a dress coat with matching hat and white gloves, and a rain coat with matching hat made out of rubberized fabric.
The reddish orange fabric looks like a fine boucle with a rayon type plaid for the rubberized rain coat.
Party dresses (always one of my favorites) is next with both formal and informal dresses shown.
After that is Sunday Frocks. The one on the left looks like a smocked dress with puff sleeves and she has what looks like a light green/blue rayon with yellow yarn which I'm thinking must have been for the pompoms? The one on the right is a cute dress with a dotted net lace overlay. The glue has turned brown in spots, discoloring the fabric. The teacher apparently liked this page because she marked "good" on the bottom.
School Dresses comes next and she has three different examples. All are short sleeved and all have belts. For the first dress she choose a plain white fabric with a solid red for I'm guessing the bow at the neckline? The second is a small flower print for the neck/sleeves and a plain peach colored fabric for the body. For the third dress she picked a small flower print of pink with white flowers and solid white for the neckline and sleeve cuffs.
The page after this one has three more examples. The first one is marked as School Dress One, Smock two and Sport dress one.
The first school dress is super cute, I love the collar and the print! She chose a print similar to the example. I really like the smock and love the fabrics she choose. The 1930's prints are so different and I would love to see what the finished outfits would've looked like with what she's chosen. The sport dress looks like it has a detachable long skirt over possibly shorts or skort?
The next page is titled Sport Frocks and shows two outfits along with what looks like a yellow sock and her Girl Scout shoe from the first page. I really like the dress for tennis, beach or street wear!
Next comes 2 pairs of "sleeping pajamas" along with bedroom slippers and shoes for dress, sport and school. They look so formal considering what kids wear to school these days!
Under Things is next and she has two slips , two good pairs of panties and two school panties. For socks she has some colorful anklets and the fabric for the slips / panties looks like rayon or nylon.
She's included a page for Beach Wear. What I thought was funny was the fabrics are like a fine knit. Compared to the swimsuits of today it seems like such a weird choice for a swimsuit. I have to think they sucked up a lot of water back then? She shows a beach robe, two pairs of slacks and a bathing suit.
On the back of the last page her teacher (Ms Vernon?) gave her a score of 98 with "Very nicely done" written above.
The genealogist in me couldn't help but look to see what I could find about the young girl who made this book. I didn't find much but I did manage to find a picture of her from her high school yearbook in 1940. She would've been 16 at the time so just a few years after this was made. Love the scarf!