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Big Book Project

As previously mentioned on this blog, I own a sewing book by Ella Lund called "Professorinde Ella Lunds Store Sybog" or translated "The Large Sewing Manual by Professora Ella Lund".

DISCLAIMER; As I have contacted the publishing company, who no longer has the rights to the book, and have been unable to find any heirs of the author, I feel like I have done what I could to get permission. If said heirs do turn up and do not give permission for this work to be accessible, which I find highly unlikely, then I will of course delete these posts again.

Another disclaimer, I am not a professional translator, but I am willing to correct mistakes in spelling and meaning, if you find them.

The book contains the book and 42 pattern sheets. I will translate the book and add the pattern sheet relevant to the chapter, you will have to print it out and tape it together.

Here is the foreword by Ella Lund, the introduction will come tomorrow.


Lund, Ella. The Large Sewing manual: Sew Clothes for yourself and your Children.
1575 illustrations and 6 colour pages.


As a housewife I have often missed a collected selection of patterns, as well as explanations on the most useful sewing techniques, and it is that longing, I seek to obliviate by making this sewing manual. It is meant for every woman, who wants to start sewing clothes for themselves, but particularly for housewives with children.
With this book it will now be possible to create the everyday wardrobe for the changing fashions, since the book contains, both for children and adults, patterns for ordinary clothes as well as raglan and kimono patterns, there are patterns for outerwear for both children and adults as well.
A lot of people will be able to adjust the silhouette to the prevailing fashions.
For encouraging the creation of this book and the good advice in the editing, I thank Mrs. Elly Svarre Morthensen, Kgs. Lyngby.
A profound thanks I also want to give to M.lle Rachel Braet, professour de l’enseignement technique superieur au caours normal de coupe at de confection a l’Institut Technique, N.D., Gand, whom, while visiting me and during my visits to Belgium, has given me the benefit of her superior knowledge and many valuable informations.
I would also like to thank my employees for their excellent work on creating this book.
Those are:
Teacher at the Technical School in Aarhus and at the Elizabeth Academy, Ms. Ellen Duedal Madsen, who has done all the small work drawings, the patterns, and have been of such good help in making this book.
The illustrator is Annie Borges, who has drawn all the models.
My daughters Marianne and Hanne, who has been of great help.

Elisabeth Academy, Risskov by Aarhus.

Ella Lund


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Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome project, and you rock for doing it :D I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the good lady has to say. I'm not finding the previous mention - when was this book printed?

It sounds like you did your due diligence to contact any potential copyright holders. As I recall from translating/republishing that my husband has done (in the USA), so long as the work is out of copyright and you are reproducing images/words from a copy you physically own, you're good to go.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Oh, I forgot to say, it is from 1953
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Thats a wonderfull initiative to make, and a lot of work, ill be watching.

Thankyou Tanya
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you Bjarne, your anglaise dress looks like it will be beautiful
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