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The Art of the Mantua-Maker: 1870 - 1879: Fashion, Sewing, and Clothes Care Advice (Victorian Dress and Dressmaking) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 7, 2014
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About the Author
I adore nineteenth-century fashion magazines. I love Victorian-era sewing books even more. Learning to sew in the loose-fitting fashions of the later twentieth century gave me no hint of the intricacies of structured clothing, or of the amazing things women were willing to put themselves through to trim their gorgeous dresses. This jeans and sweat-shirt girl quickly learned to appreciate the techniques those seamstresses employed. After many years of collecting, I wanted to share their original writings with other historical-dress enthusiasts. I’m the owner (and sole employee) of The Mantua-Maker, quality historical sewing patterns for the modern sewing artist, established in 1993. I fell in love with costuming when my boyfriend took me to BayCon’s Masquerade in 1886, and I’ve been making historical and fantastic clothing ever since. You can see more of my work at www.mantua-maker.com.
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