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Costume Close up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790 [Paperback]

Linda Baumgarten , John Watson , Florine Carr
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Quite Specific Media Group (31 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896762262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896762268
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 25.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Costume Close up Clothing, construction and pattern 1750 to 1790.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to 18th century clothing. 25 July 2001
For the new-comer to costume history and period construction "Costume Close-up" provides an excellent introduction. A good range of garments are chosen with background historical information about the styles, fabrics and provenance. The text however is not always clear enough and I feel that the presentation is a bit gimicky, or aimed to please children. Illustrations are good, large and detailed. Certainly a good book to have on your bookshelf and a valuable source for re-enactors, or amateur costume makers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 Feb 2014
By v_vicky
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All that I was expecting from it. Costumes are "opened up" and explained: patterns, fabrics etc. Easy to read and understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good patterns and photos, non-academic layout 7 Jun 2000
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The patterns in the book are drawn clearly and show the distortion of the fabric through wear rather than being idealized patterns. Sometimes an ideal pattern is also shown alongside a drawing of the actual garment on the same scale.
The descriptions of the garments are detailed and include information about the fabric, sewing techniques and alterations that the garment underwent. They are accompanied by black-and-white photographs showing the whole garment and various details. These seem to be geared towards a an experienced costumer, whereas at least a part of the additional topics seem to be written more for a costuming novice or even a juvenile person. This makes for somewhat uneven reading. The general layout with many illustrations, line drawings and fancy borders aroud some texts, the lack of proper footnotes (there are some endnotes but these are not indicated in the text) and the absence of a bibliography also contributed to my impression that the authors deliberately avoided an academic or professional look.
That said, the scope of the patterns presented is excellent, there are patterns to make up three women's gowns from different decades, a jacket, a shortgown and petticoats so that clothes for women from different social strata are presented. The number of men's clothes is somewhat more restricted but includes one unusual item, the stock (a predecessor of the modern necktie). Undergarments and cloaks are also included so that one see what a complete outfit would have consisted of. I also liked the idea of including quilting patterns for the petticoats and a design for the knitted pattern on the stockings. Altogether a good book both for beginning and experienced costumers and for everybody who just wants to see "what people wore back then".
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for 18th Century Costume Construction 25 Oct 2000
By Catherine F. Pharr - Published on Amazon.com
Having recently entered into the realm of 18th Century costuming, I stumbled on this book "by accident". It is now the cornerstone of a burgeoning library. A must-have for anyone interested in the period - gives excellent details on fabrics, construction techniques, patterns. Superb photographs. Details on stitching, seams, etc. Since it deals with only a 40-year period, it can zero-in on various garments, for both men and women, and describe these garments in detail.
Patterns would need to be altered for 20th/21st century figures (our posture is all wrong!), but in general they give the general size/shape/shaping required to achieve the desired result. Couple this book with Avril Hart's "Fashion in Detail" (now being published in paperback) and you have an excellent start on how to look authentic for the period.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Need This Book.... 7 Dec 2004
By ReeQueen - Published on Amazon.com
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Fortunately, I was able to get it from our library. I guess I'll have to be patient about actually owning it, but anyway....

This book contains excellent information, not only on pattern, but on the textiles used and construction methods on actual garments. I am fascinated with how these period items were put together and amazed at the detail the researchers were able to identify - so much better than iffy descriptions of fashion plates and contemporary paintings. It is also interesting to learn how patterns would've been used with particular textiles, given cost of fabric at the time. (Interesting to me, anyway, I'm a little obsessed.)

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about re-enactment costume, or who just wants to learn more history about how things were made.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only have one book.... 19 Mar 2002
By Nancy C - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is geared for readers with sewing experience, although the front portion of the book has an excellent section on 18th Century sewing techniques that may help non-sewers. I successfully made the man's cloak (pictured on the cover)in an afternoon, a non-sewer may struggle with the diagrams.
Perhaps the most helpful aspect of this book is the garment measurements - knowing the bust and waist size of the garment you're looking at gives you a much better idea of the actual size.
Next to Fashion in Detail by Avril Hart, and Janet Arnold's excellent Patterns of Fashion series, this book is a must have.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new classic in costume 28 Mar 2002
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Like Janet Arnold's now-classic "Patterns of Fashion" books, this book takes existing museum garments and offers basic scaled patterns for them. It also offers great details about how the garments were original made, tips for using period techniques, and even a few short histories (like the history of pockets). I can't recommend the book highly enough.
The patterns are not, however, for beginning sewers; they must be scaled up to size and then made up in muslin for the best accuracy. However, even beginners can enjoy drooling over these wonderful garments (shown in color and b/w) and learning about period construction.
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