Books for Reproducing Civil War Era Clothing

A Listmania! list by Historic Seamstress (Philadelphia, PA)
 
Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900
1.  Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900 by Joan L. Severa
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  "A masterpiece, with detailed, knowledgeable descriptions of the clothing in firmly dated photos of identified subjects."
$54.00   Used & New from: $34.99
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Who Wore What?: Women's Wear, 1861-1865
2.  Who Wore What?: Women's Wear, 1861-1865 by Juanita Leisch
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  "Shows many cartes-de-viste and describes what is worn in them."
Used & New from: $6.70
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Fashions and Costumes from Godey's Lady's Book: Including 8 Plates in Full Color (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
3.  Fashions and Costumes from Godey's Lady's Book: Including 8 Plates in Full Color (Dover Fashion and Costumes) by Stella Blum
The list author says:
  "The fashion plates and descriptions are great inspiration for reproducing Civil War era women's clothing."
$12.94   Used & New from: $0.75
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates, 1838-1880
4.  80 Godey's Full-Color Fashion Plates, 1838-1880 by Joanne Olian
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  "Lovely selection of fashions from before, during, and after the Civil War."
Used & New from: $6.52
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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After a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles
5.  After a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles by Frances Grimble
The list author says:
  "Superb resource for anyone reproducing historic clothing.  Includes substantial information on women' s and men's civilian clothing of the Civil War era."
Used & New from: $42.98
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Civil War Ladies: Fashions and Needle-Arts of the Early 1860's
6.  Civil War Ladies: Fashions and Needle-Arts of the Early 1860's by Mark Campbell
The list author says:
  "Anthology of original needlework and sewing patterns from Peterson's Magazine and instructions from the Self-Instructor in the Art of Hair Work."
Used & New from: $10.75
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Reconstruction Era Fashions: 350 Sewing, Needlework, and Millinery Patterns 1867-1868
7.  Reconstruction Era Fashions: 350 Sewing, Needlework, and Millinery Patterns 1867-1868 by Frances Grimble
The list author says:
  "Very comprehensive selection of women's patterns.  Many corset, trimming, needlework, and other patterns are suitable for the Civil War era."
$34.18   Used & New from: $15.97
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Patterns of Fashion 2
8.  Patterns of Fashion 2 by Janet Arnold
The list author says:
  "Classic anthology of patterns taken from surviving historic garments."
$29.55   Used & New from: $24.42
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Reliving the Civil War: 2nd Edition
9.  Reliving the Civil War: 2nd Edition by Robert Lee Hadden
The list author says:
  "Great resource for Civil War reenactors (particularly beginners).  Includes information for civilians."
Used & New from: $5.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Past into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation
10.  Past into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation by Stacy Flora Roth
The list author says:
  "Good information for being "in person" at events."
$32.14   Used & New from: $5.35
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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