- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; 1st edition (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896762262
- ISBN-13: 978-0896762268
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790 Paperback – 1999
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The descriptions of the garments are detailed and include information about the fabric, sewing techniques and alterations that the garment underwent. They are accompanied by black-and-white photographs showing the whole garment and various details. These seem to be geared towards a an experienced costumer, whereas at least a part of the additional topics seem to be written more for a costuming novice or even a juvenile person. This makes for somewhat uneven reading. The general layout with many illustrations, line drawings and fancy borders aroud some texts, the lack of proper footnotes (there are some endnotes but these are not indicated in the text) and the absence of a bibliography also contributed to my impression that the authors deliberately avoided an academic or professional look.
That said, the scope of the patterns presented is excellent, there are patterns to make up three women's gowns from different decades, a jacket, a shortgown and petticoats so that clothes for women from different social strata are presented. The number of men's clothes is somewhat more restricted but includes one unusual item, the stock (a predecessor of the modern necktie). Undergarments and cloaks are also included so that one see what a complete outfit would have consisted of. I also liked the idea of including quilting patterns for the petticoats and a design for the knitted pattern on the stockings. Altogether a good book both for beginning and experienced costumers and for everybody who just wants to see "what people wore back then".
Patterns would need to be altered for 20th/21st century figures (our posture is all wrong!), but in general they give the general size/shape/shaping required to achieve the desired result. Couple this book with Avril Hart's "Fashion in Detail" (now being published in paperback) and you have an excellent start on how to look authentic for the period.
This book contains excellent information, not only on pattern, but on the textiles used and construction methods on actual garments. I am fascinated with how these period items were put together and amazed at the detail the researchers were able to identify - so much better than iffy descriptions of fashion plates and contemporary paintings. It is also interesting to learn how patterns would've been used with particular textiles, given cost of fabric at the time. (Interesting to me, anyway, I'm a little obsessed.)
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about re-enactment costume, or who just wants to learn more history about how things were made.
Perhaps the most helpful aspect of this book is the garment measurements - knowing the bust and waist size of the garment you're looking at gives you a much better idea of the actual size.
Next to Fashion in Detail by Avril Hart, and Janet Arnold's excellent Patterns of Fashion series, this book is a must have.
The patterns are not, however, for beginning sewers; they must be scaled up to size and then made up in muslin for the best accuracy. However, even beginners can enjoy drooling over these wonderful garments (shown in color and b/w) and learning about period construction.
This is one of my favorite costuming books, because its format embraces a lot of different styles and the combination is much stronger than any of them singly. The book presents information both in articles and text-box asides, and uses line drawings and period illustrations as well as photographs and patterns of the actual garments. BEST of all, the book shows clear photographs of the INTERIOR construction of these garments, which is lost in most other books. (Janet Arnold shows a few interiors, but Nancy Bradfield seems to be the best about remembering to include construction.)
I'm so very, very happy that Quite Specific Media decided to bring this one back into print!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was recommended by fellow history reenactors. I bought it for my teenage daughter, who is just learning to hand sew. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Booklover Karen
Beautiful pictures, and lots of information on cutting lay outs and patterns.Published 3 months ago by h
This book is a staple for the 18th c. costumer. I must have for your reference. Fabulous patterns and wonderfully informative writing.Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth Western
Fantastic book! Exactly what I was looking for in detailed information and pictures. Thank you!Published 14 months ago by Robert Henry
The photographs are gorgeous, and the descriptions are fairly in depth. I've never hand sewn a piece of clothing, but I look forward to trying! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Elizabeth R.
This book is great! The photos and patterns are very helpful to making construction more understandable.Published 21 months ago by K-artist
I recently carved a wooden doll based on 18th century Queen Anne dolls, and I wanted more in depth detail as to how the appropriate clothing would have been made. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Kimberley A. Mitchell