- Series: Dress & Cloak Cutter
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: R. L. Shep Publications; Revised and Enlarged edition (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0914046292
- ISBN-13: 978-0914046295
- Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,050,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women's Costume, 1877-1885: The Complete Dress and Cloak Cutter Revised and Enlarged Edition
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This 224 page book is a real "must-have" for anyone interested in fashion costuming from 1877 to 1885. This new edition contains the original of 1880 and the edition of 1883 plus additional material and illustrations.
The author, Charles Hecklinger, was a tailor who wrote for the trade not the home dressmaker. His books are very straight forward and give simple cutting diagrams for basic garments. There are a large number of drafts for outer garments such as: jackets, sacks, the circular, the Talma, the surtout, and the dolman.
One particular section of the book is called the Etiquette of Dress. This primary source material provides the best information on what was considered proper to wear on certain occasions. It should also be of interest to anyone who is doing research on the status of women as it points up their restrictions and also many privileges within certain social classes.
The book also contains: a pattern drafting system; cutting diagrams; an extensive glossary of fashion terms; notes on fashion and style changes between 1877 and 1885; illustrations from American fashion magazines.
This spectacular reference would make a wonderful addition to the library of any serious period costumer. --Doll Costuming Magazine, September 2003
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