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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (2 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849940487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849940481
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 1.6 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Friendship trained in Dress at St Martin's School of Art and at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She was the Resident Designer and Head of Wardrobe at the Welsh National Opera Company before completing her teacher training and becoming Head of Theatre Design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she developed and teaches her unique method of drafting patterns for modern and historical clothes. She works on a freelance basis for a number of theatre and theatre-related companies and researches period and cultural costumes in her spare time. She lives in Raglan, Monmouthshire.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By full regalia on 27 Nov. 2013
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This book contains detailed instructions on how to draft your own basic patterns, and then to use them to create patterns for period clothes to ensure an excellent fit. The instructions are clear and accompanied with explanatory diagrams - however there are very few images of what the finished pattern should look like as a garment, rather than a technical flat pattern. Nevertheless still a must for those interested in making period costumes, and even includes instructions for undergarments such as farthingales, panniers and bustles!
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It would have been helpful to have pictures of projects made up from the patterns in this book. Or indeed historical references for all of the patterns - there are quite a few, but not all of the patterns are related back to historical images.
Would also like an index of the patterns shown in the book.
One word of warning: The patterns produced following the instructions in this book are intended for stage plays, not authentic living history. From that point of view it's a bit disappointing that the structures produced are not 100% as they would have been - but armed with that knowledge from my own research, I was able to further adapt the patterns to produce the designs I wanted.
Other than that it's useful, inspiring, helpful, and all in all a good book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anonnymouseling on 14 Nov. 2013
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One of the best costume books I've seen, loaded with detail and clear diagrams. Useful standard measurement tables (both metric and imperial), lots of helpful and well presented info on pattern drafting and some historic background on costume of each period. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vana on 14 Nov. 2013
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Very good explanation for the patern making.
I really enjoyed the historical bits on every chapter!
Also the corset adaptations from one period to the other where very helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Robinson on 11 Jun. 2014
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This is a fantastic book I have her other book and it has helped me to be able to make my own patterns, easy to use and I would highly recommend it to budding period costume makers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on 11 Dec. 2013
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This is a worthwhile book for the reenactor, textile or fashion student or theatre dress makereven if you have the more recognised texts still get it for the pattern altering tips
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By diva bubble on 7 Jan. 2014
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I liked the way this book is presented. It has gone to join the other book on my shelf about the same subject and has all ready proved useful
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