The Pattern Artist by Nancy MoserThe Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser

The Pattern Artist

byNancy Moser

Perfect | December 1, 2016

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Can a lowly housemaid realize her own American dream?
 
Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there's more for her than a life of service.

Annie chooses to risk everything, taps into courage she never knew she had, and goes off on her own, finding employment in the sewing department at Macy's. While at Macy's Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God's leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer-a pattern artist of the highest degree.

As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.


 
Nancy Moser is an award-winning author of over twenty-five novels that share a common message: we each have a unique purpose-the trick is to find out what it is. Her genres include contemporary and historical novels including Love of the Summerfields, Mozart's Sister, The Invitation, and the Christy Award-winning Time Lottery. She is a...
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Title:The Pattern ArtistFormat:PerfectDimensions:320 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:December 1, 2016Publisher:Barbour Publishing, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634097920

ISBN - 13:9781634097925

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertains and Inspires Moser has captured the American pioneering spirit in this enthralling account of a young immigrant woman rising from the ashes of unforeseen misfortune. I was spellbound from the very first page. Loved the historical details! I've sewn a Butterick pattern or two in my time so it was really interesting to see the inner workings of the company. As wells as an insider's view of Macy's Department Store. If only sales service was as exceptional today as it was back then! Annie is a young woman with a lot of potential who pushes ahead with courage and faith in order to follow her dream. There is a certain naivety in the way she views the world at the beginning of the story but struggling through obstacles and hardships take their toll. But Annie is a survivor and she has the love and support of new friendships to help her carry on. Though she drags her heels when it comes to a certain potential suitor! There are plenty of stunning plot twists -- some so unexpected that I had to stop reading and get my bearings. The Pattern Artist is the kind of story that entertains and inspires...and leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Christian Sewing Historical to Love! Another historical fiction to love,this one by Nancy Moser. In The Pattern Artist, we follow English servant Annie Woods as she arrives in New York City. Annie moves, amazingly, from servant to sales lady at Macy's to pattern artist at Butterick's. Annie's journey is one of ambition, hard work, love,and much soul-searching. I appreciated how spiritual themes were appropriately interwoven without getting over-preachy or lengthy. Mrs. Sampson is a hoot! I think I would have liked to have known her. I was also surprised at the close friendship of Annie and Maude. Another example of Annie walking through an open door, as she says at one point about how her life transpires so fantastically. What caused me to love this book was the glimpse of a slice of life out of many classes of society in New York City. Moser makes learning a little bit about the design world in the early 1900s very interesting and fresh, even for one who doesn't sew. The involvement of a great historical event that I will not disclose added to the book's time period authenticity. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I voluntarily left this unbiased review of my own opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from in the sewing notions section of Macy's Thursday, December 1, 2016 The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser, © 2016 Three things immediately ~ remembering Lucy Scarpelli from An Unlikely Suitor by this author. Lucy is an Italian dressmaker in New York sixteen years earlier; I love Historical Fiction ~ my preferred genre; and... upon opening to the first page!!! Nancy Moser has spread her words from margin to margin. This is wonderful!!! See you soon. C H A P T E R - O N E 1911 New York City Annie Wood has adventure forthcoming with her travel from England to America as part of the service staff during a visit to her employer's distant cousin. On an unexpected outing to The Macy's department store, our protagonist sees a sewing machine for the first time. Looking forward to returning to see how it works, she sets her dreams on it. On a whim and a secure reasoning, Annie and two siblings she meets at the house decide to try their hand at independence. Fortunately, the morning smell of fresh baked bread carries them forward to a bakery, and a roof and work! Danny learns to drive a horse and wagon for deliveries, and his sister, Iris, cares for the young children of the early-to-rise bakers. Annie takes determination and seeks employment in the sewing notions section of Macy's, and... is hired! I love the unfolding opportunities for her as she works hard and to the notice of another clerk, excels. A willing learner, Annie is tutored by Mrs. Holmquist, the woman with the sewing machine counter. She becomes an asset to the store with her many skills and natural inclinations. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." --Hebrews 11:1 Through mishaps and uncertainty, Annie continues to believe and hope for a future brighter than she has known. Decision-making for the first time beyond being instructed what is expected of her. As she makes friends, she finds part of herself. With the New Year, an overview of the changes of 1911 and the going forward in the new year, Annie begins to settle in the opportunities revealed before her ~ hearing the Lord in her quite ordinary days, to listen and obey His directions specifically for her. Jeremiah 29:11 becomes her plans she becomes aware of in the depth of her heart. My favorite characters are hard to pin down because they all have a place, functioning in the building of a life ~ each of their own; by example, by attitude, by caring of another beyond themselves. I loved learning along with Annie, the new available if we just keep our eyes and hearts open to others placed before us. Nancy Moser has written a beautiful story of hope and expectations beyond our fondest dreams. Revealed Truth not only alluded to but actual as each day begins. Fresh. New. An opportunity to forgive and reach forward beyond what was. The building of characters is so good. As each one explores their options of expression and hope, new changes open that benefit all beyond themselves. There is heartache in the story, brought about by the wiles of others. Saddened to think of the choices made that separate, and the loneliness that perpetrates when just the opposite could be attained if a person was open and willing to receive acceptance from those near them. The steadiness of companionship and unwavering faith in the ability of others brings many changes. Compassion changes lives completely. Thank you, author Nancy Moser, for a story of hope and love showing how important our lives are to others. Interwoven in our days and theirs, we become a part of something much bigger. An open door for others to walk through, nearer to receive Him in the fullness of our days. ***Thank you, Barbour Publishing, for taking me on your Review Crew at Shiloh Run Press and sending a review copy of Nancy Moser's latest novel! This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2016-12-02

Editorial Reviews

A well-woven story full of rich details about the early clothing industry.