|Object Name||Book, Instruction|
|Description||Paper back, instructional booklet Number 7 for using the McDowell Garment System. Entitled "Advanced Lessons on how to Cut and Make Ladies' Garments by the McDowell System of Dress Cutting, Dressmaking, and Ladies' Tailoring." Copyright 1900. 32 pages of instructions with diagrams. Product advertisement included on back page and cover.|
|Collection||Elk Grove Historical Museum|
Originally used by Alwine (nee Mensching) Mueller. Alwine was born on December 23, 1881, likely on her parent's farm in Elk Grove Township. Her parents were Henry Mensching (born in 1856, Elk Grove) and Sophia (nee Henjes. Born in 1861, Elk Grove). Alwine married Henry Mueller on November 3, 1912. Alwine died on February 20, 1957.
Source: Cutting a Fashionable Fit by Claudia Kidwell:
The McDowell Garment Drafting Machine was a tool for the professional dress maker, not the home sewer. The McDowell Garment Drafting Machine was promoted as a tool that benefitted both customer and dress maker as it eliminated the need for dress forms and fitting sessions.
The McDowell Garment Drafting Machine was first patented March 18, 1879. Subsequent patents were received on January 6, 1885; August 10, 1885; and May 18, 1886.