- Paperback: 76 pages
- Publisher: Drama Publishers; Revised edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 089676026X
- ISBN-13: 978-0896760264
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.2 x 14.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C. 1660-1860 Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Written and illustrated by Janet Arnold, PATTERNS OF FASHION 1 is dedicated to Englishwomen's dresses and their construction, c. 1660-1860. --This unique book contains drawings and patterns taken from (48) original specimens. Examples include a bodice in ivory silk with two details from 1660-1665, a riding habit from 1730-1750, and a wedding dress in ivory silk from 1827-1829. --Additionally, Ms. Arnold brings the following: · Pattern cutting and dressmaking, c 1660-1860. A selection of extracts from contemporary sources. · A pictorial outline of Englishwomen’s costume, c.1660-1860. · Drawings and patterns of Englishwomen’s dresses, c. 1660-1860 taken from original specimens with details showing their construction · Additional material on the cut of early eighteenth-century dresses · Metric conversions · Using the patterns for full-scale work · List of selected books
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The greatest covered fashion period in this book, is about 1750-1800. It is nearly bereft of 17th century examples. And there is only a handful of Victorian era (1830s-1860) examples. That was refreshing, as there are enough other books that cover Victorian decades.
All that being said, it is still a VERY INFORMATIVE and well illustrated book. You could certainly learn a lot about construction techniques and cut.
-- Metric conversion chart included.
-- List of source references
-- instructions on altering a modern dress form to work for period
-- Pattern layouts are not modern with PRECISE measurements. They are
period layouts that assume knowledge of drafting and fitting
The patterns for construction are drawn on a grid making it very easy to alter them and get them up to size super easy! I can't wait to start my next historical inspired piece.
Even if each garment were not charted on a grid, making it possible to draft a pattern, just the discussion of the details of each garment would make the book a must for every seamstress' or shelf. If you can only afford a few books on historic clothing, this one is a must.