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Everyday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800: With Instructions and Patterns (Dover Fashion and Costumes) Paperback – December 29, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fashion and Costumes
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Updated edition (December 29, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486273202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486273204
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for those looking to get basic knowledge of late 18th century clothing. It has clear illustrations of the everyday garments worn by men, women, and children. It shows layer by layer the many garments being used at this time. I have seen other "beginner" costume books leave the reader baffled as to how and when a garment was used; that isn't a problem with this book. One thing to remember is that fashion was in transition at this point in history so the patterns are really only good if you are trying to reproduce dress specific to that time frame. I have been studying this field for over ten years so this book was not of much use to me, but I would definately recommend it as a good foundation for a beginner.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lahey on June 25, 2001
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I ordered this book a few weeks ago. I have been looking for books to help make costumes to take my grandchildren to reenactments, which has stimulated their intrest in history. This book is the most balanced book I have seen-in that it tells you what you want to know, why it was what it was, and it is easy to read and understand. It covers men and women's clothing, with illustrations and graft patterns, along with fabrics and sewing techniques. I find this book delightful with information put in a fun and usable way. There are not enough book's that I have found on everyday dress, so this is a great and much needed addition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Reed on June 25, 2009
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I really like the way that this book is laid out. It has a very basic overview with sample patterns. The one big disappointment is that there is no pattern for the outer gown worn by women. There is a discussion of such, but the author refers you to other sources saying "...bearing in mind that these sources show English and French rather than American examples." I purchased this book specifically for American examples, so this was a surprise. Otherwise, I do really like the book.
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By D. Witz on February 10, 2014
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MY DAUGHTER AND SON IN LAW ARE THE DIRECTORS OF THE SOUTHERN NEVADA LIVING HISTORY ASSOCIATION. THIS BOOK IS PERFECT IN HELPING THEM RECREATE DIFFERENT ERAS OF HISTORY TO COMPLETE ACCURACY. IT WAS THE PERFECT GIFT FOR MY DAUGHTER.
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