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Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 1 Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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It was purposely done for the people who want to see enough to try to re-create, and as it is listed as the first of a series of pattern books, I certainly hope they continue!
This book was delivered today, and I am in nose-to-book mode.
There are so many closeups! The construction details are fascinating.
Well, first, they show you pictures of the garment, and then a close portrait from the time period.
For the first one, the Margaret Layton Waistcoat, there are photos from all 4 sides, and then the portrait. Then there are 13 closeup photos of construction details. 16 Photos of the embroidery, and construction details such as a seam covered by double plait stitch.
Then 2 pages showing the embroidery patterns on patterns of the pieces of the garment, on a graph paper background.
3 pages of drawn out construction details.It concludes with one page of how the lace was whipped on, and eyelet holes. Then a last color picture of a closeup of the bobbin lace, and a pattern for it.
Page 34 starts somewhat the same for a Pink Silk Waistcoat, 1610-20, that goes to p47.
Pages 48 to 59, a Linen waistcoat with blackwork embroidery in silk, 1620-25.
Pages 60-69, a Fustian Waistcoat , embroidered with silver thread, 1630s.
Pages 70-87, Slashed ivory silk satin bodice, 1630s (with xrays!)
p88-97, KNITTED silk waistcoat, 1630-1700.
p98-109, Embroidered linen mantle with bobbin lace, 1590.
p110-119, Linen smock with bobbin lace insertion, 1620-40.
p120-123, Linen hood trimmed with English bobbin lace, 1600-1640.
p124-127, Embroidered coif and forehead cloth, 1600-1650.
p128-135, Linen band & cuffs, 1630-35.Read more ›
Another wonderful attribute of this book is the layout for each patterns... It shows a garment from their collection, then they show that garment or another similar in a painting from that period being worn. Is some cases, x-rays show the layers of construction. Fascinating! Then ensue the detailed instructions and diagrams for creating that garment. The book also provides handy stitch guides to teach how to create the various seams as well as the embroidery stitches.
This is terrific and I can't wait for the next pattern book of this kind that Victoria and Albert museum promises in the introduction is in the works! I waited nearly six months for this book to come out, and based on this one, would gladly wait that long for the next.
And its book one, which means we have more to look forward to!
The authors, in the introduction, mention one of the imputus for this book was to allow researcher, designers, and students of costume to see the details of construction without the actual garments having to be handled. This allows more of us to see how the garments were constructed and to preserve the items for future generations.
I recommend this book and look forward to the rest of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful publication! Photography excellent, diagrams clear, easy to follow, history fascinating. Hope to see many more of this quality on a whole range of subjects.Published 16 months ago by Judi
Fantastic book! Very detailed--exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!Published 16 months ago by Robert Henry
Seventeenth garments are unlike todays garments, so x-rays of the garment easily show us how the clothes were "put together".Published on March 26, 2013 by Barbara J Gosh
I've spent a lot of time paging through and reading various chapters in this book. What I found reassuring and amusing is that even back in the day, pins were accidently left in... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Noel C. Borden