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Patterns of Fashion: C1560-1620: 1560-1620 v. 3 [Paperback]

Janet Arnold
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30 May 1985
The third volume in Janet Arnold's groundbreaking series Patterns of Fashion covers an earlier period than the previous two volumes: Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860 and Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940, concentrating on the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. Significantly, too, this is the first of Arnold's books to include patterns for men's clothing. As well as Janet Arnold’s meticulous patterns for these remarkable garments, the book includes an amazing 300 black and white photographs ranging from portraits of the period to details of articles of clothing .

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (30 May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333382846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333382844
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 37 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Arnold was a historian of fashion, which combined her two greatest passions: the theatre and clothes. Her early books were conceived as aids for the fashion and theatre students she taught, but as her unique range and depth of knowledge became apparent, more and more museums and other institutions sought her advice and, today, her books are essential tools for the study of dress and have been used throughout the world.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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This book is the best of all the period costume books, since it relies only on evidence gleamed from real clothes from the 1500's and 1600's.The patterns are not stylised or changed in any way, and once made up the clothes look as the author intended; accurate to the period they belong to.I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of finding books with 'guessed-at' patterns in them; I believe this is the book every avid period costume maker should have!Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful classic of costume research 1 July 2003
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent source for the designing of clothes 10 Nov 1998
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This book is excellent for showing exactly what the title suggests, the cut and construction of clothes. It is not a how-to book, but if you already know how to sew, this will tell you where the seams need to be. It is also interesting to note how much piecing they did and exactly how things were laced and where they were buttoned. I have found the book focuses more heavily on the latter half of the dates, at or after 1600. Despite the lack of information regarding undergarments, ruffs, and the like, this book would be a valuable asset to any recreationist's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :D 25 Feb 2004
When I bought this book, everyone were warning me that it was far too technical, and that it is on a too high level for a novice. For me, that was not the case. I had not been sewing much when I got the book, and in my opinion, it was still extremely useful. I have learned a lot since then, and it's still useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential patterns 15 Sep 2009
This book has long been considered essential source material for anyone interested in the clothing of this period. The patterns are all taken from actual clothes in museums or collections and can be made up successfully providing you remember that they are designed for people rather smaller (and thinner!)than ourselves. I wouldn't recommend them for inexperienced dressmakers. As well as the patterns there is a wealth of material about how things were made which makes all the books in this series well worth reading even if you're not interested in making the clothes.

One word of warning, however: because these clothes have all been preserved because of their beauty or historic associations, they may not necessarily be very representative of common fashions of the time. A study of contemporary pictures is useful if you want to get a more balanced perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 3 Jan 2014
By Ebee
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I first saw a copy of this series of books back in the early 1980's studying Theatre Design. They are a fantastic source of information about period styles and lines with examples of original patterns. Put together by a costume designer, I think they are a must have for people interested in costume and history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars reference 17 Aug 2013
excellent reference book for constructing or just researching period costumes. Well written and laid out, it's a pleasure to use. Would recommend this book for students or more advanced sewing enthusiasts.
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