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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486461769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486461762
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristina Seleshanko is the author of over 19 books. She's been a professional actress and singer, a librarian at Gourmet magazine, editor of The Costume Society of America's national newsletter, and is now an urban homesteader, wife, and mom. Kristina blogs at Proverbs 31 Woman (www.proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com).

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By CostumeDesigner on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
The patterns in 60 Civil-War Era Fashions are all drawn from Peterson's Magazine, one of the ladies' magazines most familiar to Civil War re-enactors and costumers. The pattern dates range from 1860 to 1869. The patterns have been enlarged somewhat to fit the book pages, and the book says they have been redrawn, but otherwise they are just like the ones in the original magazines. Patterns in 1860s ladies' magazines tend to be only roughly scaled (that is, they are not drawn to true scale and cannot simply be enlarged without re-drafting). These patterns are no exception. Each pattern includes a brief description of the garment, but no sewing instructions. No period supplementary information (such as dressmaking instructions or fashion columns) was added to make up for the lack of it. However, a highly experienced pattern-drafter and seamstress, who has no access to original issues of Peterson's, will be able to make use of this book.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on September 29, 2009
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I agree, this book takes an experienced seamstress, but the samples and explanations of the gowns can get any type of seamstress through. If not, then the seamstress needs to learn how to sew. Even though the book has "patterns from the era", the patterns are no where near what we have as patterns today. If you want a Simplicity (which describes the type of pattern it is) then do not purchase this book. If you are looking for a book to offer suggestions, give great examples that are period correct, then this is the book to buy. Yes, the patterns back in the Civil War period were produced in a way that a seamstress has to use some math to get it to the correct size needed and therefore are not like our patterns today where you take it out of the envelope and lay it on your material and cut.
Excellent book and great to study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa M. Merritt on May 16, 2011
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This book has very nice designs for women, girls and boys. You must have a fairly sophisticated knowledge, however, of sewing and construction techniques, as the book only presents the pattern pieces and no instructions for their completion. Also, you must enlarge the patterns. As I make dolls, the patterns were perfect for my smaller dolls, and enlarging them a bit wasn't difficult. To enlarge them to people size would take considerably more skill! All in all, a useful reference and practical guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doll Artist on December 12, 2010
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This isn't the best book on the subject, but it is worth the money. There are some nice patterns in this volume...and it is well written with clear instructions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ruth ann ridgeway on October 22, 2013
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I travel from year to year and lose patterns. This way they are always here in a book that is easy to access. It has directions and photos that make it easy to follow. it is the second book I've bought. My daughter used and kept the first one. We both make Civil War era dresses and find this one easy to adjust a pattern from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly A. Crawford on March 1, 2012
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This book has many beautiful patterns. While the making the patterns right from the book is something that involves advanced skills such as scaling up and/or drafting your own patterns. I do think that others will benefit from the details that are shown and might get good ideas on how to adjust patterns that they already have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Civilwarlady1073 on September 13, 2012
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Ordered this book expecting just pictures and dialog. Was very surprised to find basic patterns. If you are looking to try out a pattern in the "rough" draft this is an excellent book.
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By Cheryl Hough on January 11, 2014
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Excellent source for the historic clothing seamstress. No copyright problems when using these patterns. Easy to understand and make use of if you have the experience to customize!
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