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The Great War: Styles & Patterns of the 1910s [Paperback]

R. L. Shep
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April 1, 1998 0914046268 978-0914046264
A wonderful mix of the more liberated American women's fashions and 'dashing' British military and civilian uniforms. Often called "The Forgotten Era", the "Teens" bridge the gap between the Edwardians and the Flappers. American women's fashions are amazingly soft and informal while the British cling to a more formal look. We have combined The American Garment Cutter for Women's Garments with British patterns and articles from the West End Gazette to cover all types of clothing for men and women, plus British military uniforms and civilian uniforms such as Red Cross, policemen, chauffeurs, etc.
There are many fashion illustrations and a department store catalog of 1915.

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This is the most complete, and in fact, the only in-depth book I have read on tailored garments for men and women in the 1910s. Ir is a "must have" for costumers, recreators, or any serious historians. The combination of authentic patterns and drafts, original ready-to-wear fashions from catalogs, and commentary in the form of original articles give a well-rounded and comprehensive collection of primary source material.
Particularly useful are the discussions of kilts and their accompanying vests and jackets, the Chesterfield coat, and many stules and variations of women's riding habits and pleated skirts.
The table of contents lists more than 75 additional styles for both sexes ranging from military wear, sports clothes and underwear, to capes, kimonos, and breeches. Examples are geographically diverse and come from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Russia.
This time period, previously lost between the Edwardians and the Flappers, is distinctive and worthy of study. I loved this book! i can't speak highly enough of it. --Mary Roehr - tailor, educator, author

Good news for British reenactors -- finally, there is a source for uniform patterns! R.L.Shep has recently published The Great War: Styles and Patterns of the 1910s, which contains original material from London's West End Gazette, a tailor's journal from 1915 - 16.
The pattern drawings show how to measure and cut several styles of British uniforms, while the text explains some of the uniform regulations and other interesting details. One of the most useful things about the text, is that it gives the types of fabric used in the uniforms and linings, and exact measurements for pocket placement, etc.
Some of the uniforms included in the book are: Service dress tunic and trousers for enlisted men, overcoats, officers raincoat, RFC "maternity jacket", RFS overcoat, RNAS tunic, riding breeches, Women's Volunteer Services, Red Cross, etc. There are even instructions for making "kilt drawers" for Highland regiments.
If you have ever considered making or altering a British uniform, this nook is essential! Novice tailors might find the instructions difficult, but the drawings are very clear. --On The Wire, Newsletter of the Great War Association -- Fall 1998

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: R. L. Shep Publications (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914046268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914046264
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Pattern for historical references January 8, 2008
By Ruth A.
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This book includes a lot of patterns for WWI uniforms from the army to the navy. Also includes plenty of skirt patterns for women, along with a coat kimono pattern. A great reference for the historically minded.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moderately useful November 27, 2007
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For a costumer it wasn't what I hoped for because it has only a few pictures of clothing from the era. It is mostly patterns. I would prefer a lot of pictures and drawings from the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 22, 2011
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The patterns were so cool and complete. I haven't made any of the patterns yet but soon. Definitely worth the money.
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