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About the Author

Susan North is a curator in the V&A Fashion, Textiles and Furniture Department. Jenny Tiramani, Luca Costigliolo, Claire Thornton, Armelle Lucas and Christine Prentis, who produced the patterns for this book, were all members of the wardrobe team at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851776311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851776313
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book answers the cry of many of us: "I want to SEE!"
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.
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From the description, the book looked promising. Now that I can enjoy turning the pages, I am delighted. These patterns run from very basic for beginners to finely detailed and embroidered works of art for skilled tailors. And the patterns are for sewing actual garments! Such an exquisite opportunity to share in history. The patterns also include bobbin lace patterns for fine laces, and make that skill tempting to acquire.

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.

Happy sewing!
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This book is more than I was expecting. The cover doesn't even do it justice (I wish there were interior preview pictures of the book). I waiting three months for this book (ordered it on pre-order) and it was worth the wait. There are pictures of cut, info on construction techniques, x-rays of the layers (the real reason I got the book) and even knitted waistcoats!
And its book one, which means we have more to look forward to!
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This is the perfect companion to Janet Arnold's books. Both books cover many of the same garments. Arnold's books detail the actual garment and this book details how the garment was probably constructed. The detail of the photos is both instructive and amazing - and in color too. As previous reviewers have noted, the garments range from fairly simple to construct (shifts, headcloths, and handkerchefs) to very complex.

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.
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I started reading this book last week and can't put it down. Even though I re-create the 1600's, I study textiles from all Medieval & Renaissance periods, making it well worth the price. I've never seen X-Rays of garments before, which makes this book totally unique.
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Finally, a book that shows the interior finish of museum garments! For me, that's the main attraction, but it's got loads of construction tips based on the deconstruction/x-ray of existing historical garments. If a construction method it worked back then and has survived until now, chances are it's a winning strategy!
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This book consists of photos and X-rays of extant garments from the 17th century, providing an interesting view into the clothes and how they are constructed. For costumers and history buffs alike, this book is a must own.
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Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns is a GREAT book. It has lots of information, that is beautifully illustrated. It shows patterns for clothing for the Medieval Period. I intend on using it to the hilt!! LOVE THIS BOOK, VERY PLEASED WITH MY PURCHASE. I Thank Amazon for the ability to find this book, and for making it so convenient for me to purchase it.
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