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Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 1 Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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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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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.
p136-141, Embroidered partlet & sleevepanels, 1615-25.
p142-143, Linen kerchief, 1600s.
p144-149, Embroidered linen gloves, 1600-25
p150-159, Embroidered kid gloves.
A wonderful book, that everyone must be able to tell that I recommend.
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.