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Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady's Wardrobe (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
 
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Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady's Wardrobe (Dover Fashion and Costumes) [Kindle Edition]

Kristina Harris
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Rich selection of scaled dressmaker's patterns from the popular late 19th-century magazine The Voice of Fashion details 50 garments for women, from handsome daytime and evening dresses to casual tennis outfits, a riding habit, and undergarments. Of practical use for costume designers and students of fashion; will also delight browsers. 498 illustrations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32666 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (14 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TVE814
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but be careful! 8 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is very good value for the more experienced costume maker, as the scaling up is tricky, and the measurements given are for the slenderest of corseted maidens! Best is to draw up a modern body block and then place the seamlines as in the period patterns illustrated, and I have achieved excellent and wearable results doing this. Within the confines of a small number of years (almost all the patterns date from the 1890's) a wide range of styles are illustrated, and these suit many plays by Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov, Wilde and Strindberg, so it's a useful book to have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as a companion to Frances Grimble's books 29 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
The book has numerous sewing patterns which those who are familiar with Frances Grimble's books will have no trouble comprehending.
I have made up a couple of the patterns and they went together very well and with no trouble.
Recommended for anyone who has Grimble's books and is after more.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Pattern information from the 1890's, 'when imported custom-made clothes were usually beyond the financial reach of the average middle-class americans'. Making it yourself or looking at local dressmakers patterns was the only two options. 50 garments from the pattern book of a drassmaker are covered here.
This book contains helpful information (although the lack of a grid, makes the dressmakers job - VERY HARD) The reason why I have only given it 2 stars (I am not good enough at freescale drawing!). I also found some of the patterns hard to understand in comparision to modern patterns.
Gives all measurements of pattens in imperial measurements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will be useful 11 Jan 2013
By B.R.G
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is brilliant for a victoriana enthusiast like myself, I have no complaints about the range of designs it provides. My only issue is that it is basically just a book of patterns with an introduction, it has minimal instructions on the actual sewing - so its going to take a fair amount of guess-work and trial and error as far as construction of the more complex dresses is concern!

That said its fine for my purposes as I won't be attempting to make full dresses straight from the books but will be using the patterns to put together my own designs.
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