Starts with an overwiev, in pictures and text, of the fashion of the time in question. Then comes precise linedrawings of the garments and descriptive texts. But the most unique to Janet Arnold are the diagrammes who's gridnet and detailed descriptions, have set a standard for other costume historians.
The garments documented were once made to fit their original owners. If one wishes to make copies or similar clothes one must bee patient and have considerable skills, some helpful advice is included at the end of this book. But I would advice any enthusiastic novice, to gather more information and get help from an experienced sewer.
Janet Arnold has written two more books with the same concept, Patterns of Fashion [1 and 2], the cut and....
Her three books may favourably bee paired with: Historical fashion in detail : the 17th and 18th centuries, by Avril Hart and Susan North. Where some garments are the same as in Arnolds books, but here documented mainly with beatuiful colour photographs, some very close up.