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Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 2 Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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Susan North is a curator in the V&A Fashion, Textiles and Furniture Department. Jenny Tiramani devised and produced patterns for the book with Melanie Braun, Luca Costigliolo, Armelle Lucas, and Claire Thornton. They are all founding members of the School of Historical Dress and worked together in the wardrobe department of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre between 1999 and 2005.
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Thiis book contains patterns and assembly notes for a gown in mulberry-colored velvet (it was mostly "recycled" in the 18th or early 19th century), a couple of jackets, bodices, a pair of stays, supporters for flat ruffs, and collars edged with flat lace, A brief discussion of "small articles", such as purses, busks, a hat and shoes round out the book.
As with the previous book, the authors have included detailed pictures - including x-rays - of the articles and step-by-step instructions as to how the garments were put together.
I am anxiously awaiting the next book on the 18th Century clothing from the V&A collection.
I've only given it a once-over since it arrived in the mail today, but I can tell it's going to become one of the core books of my costume library. I am an intermediate-level seamstress and re-enactor, but for anyone remotely interested in this period or historic fashion, I highly recommend it.