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Patterns of Fashion 4: The cut and construction of linen shirts, smocks, neckwear, headwear and accessories for men and women c. 1540 - 1660 [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Janet Arnold , Jenny Tiramani , Santina Levey
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Book Description

7 Nov 2008
No one interested in the history of dress, from art historians to stage designers, from museum curators to teachers of fashion and costume, can function effectively without Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion series, published by Macmillan since 1964. Since her untimely death in 1998, admirers of her work have been waiting, with increasing impatience, for the promised volume devoted to the linen clothes of the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods, a companion to her previous volume on tailored clothes of the same era. Planned and partly prepared by Janet herself, and completed by Jenny Tiramani, Janet's last pupil, no other book exists that is dedicated to the linen clothes that covered the body from the skin outwards. It contains full colour portraits and photographs of details of garments in the explanatory section as well as patterns for 86 items of linen clothing which range from men's shirts and women's smocks, from superb ruffs and collars to boot hose and children's stomachers. Beautifully produced, it is an invaluable guide to both the history and the recreation of these wonderful garments.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Unabridged edition (7 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333570820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333570821
  • Product Dimensions: 36.6 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,719 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. Jenny Tiramani was Janet's last pupil and during the first ten years of Shakespeare's Globe she worked with Janet's published patterns to realize accurate copies of the original garments and their accessories. Santina Levey is Janet Arnold's Literary Executor and a historian of fashion.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This book is a really wonderful present for all costumers and especially for those who is familiar with excellent quality of Janet Arnold's books. Not only "Patterns of Fashion 4" has all the values of previous Arnold's publications, it has more!

As usual, the book is divided into 2 parts: theoretical and practical, latter including patterns and drawings of artefacts.

Just to point out some definite values - for one, there are very many color(!) photographs in theoretical chapter. It's possible to see any details of textile, embroidery, lace or simple seam. Also, theoretical chapter is 50% of book (which is more than in "PF 3") and material is well structured by clothing types - Shirts & smock (men's, women's), Neckswear (ruffs, bands, rebatos, pickadils, supporters), Headwear (coifs, hoods, nightcaps), Gloves, Hose.

Special attention is payed to embroidery, laces, cleaning, etc. Yet another value is traditionally good practical chapter with detailed instructions for sewing that are clearer and better than ever. For a bonus "Patterns of Fashion 4" has step-by-step instructions on "How to starch and set linen ruffs" completed with many photographs.

I'm very grateful to editors and co-authors of this book - Jenny Tiramani and Santina Levey - who continue work of Janet Arnold and have prepared this publication. I highly recommend "Patterns of Fashion 4". This book is worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patterns of Fashion 4 30 Aug 2011
I came across this book by accident whilst looking for something else. I didn't know this specific book was in print since it is not something commonly seen on bookshelves. I have had the other 3 in the series for many years and am delighted to add this to my collection of fashion books. For anyone interested in the cut and construction of historical clothing these books are a must. The details of stitch and fabric are amazing with many references to original textiles and art work. The historical background is a joy to read and provides a wealth of information which can be adapted to whatever you wish to make.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 5 Aug 2009
Beautifully laid out book with great images of details of garments, amazingly intricate drawings and clear patterns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars re enactors help 19 Jan 2011
By hamster
I was given a copy of this as a christmas gift, as a re enactor who makes their own costume i have found this book a great help the detail is great the drawings and diagram are a godsend
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmm lovely 3 Jan 2009
I love this series more than words can say, I use it constantly and the latest book does not dissapoint. There may be those in the world to whom the thought of ruff creation is not exciting. I am not one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Topic 27 Jun 2011
By Artdeco
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I bought this book because I have all the others written by this author. The pictures are good, the book stays on topic and is very informative, definately a series to dip into for the rest of my life...
I highly recommend this book and the others in this series....
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than you ever need to kow... 28 Nov 2013
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Actually that is not true. If you are buying this book, it is because you really do want to know just what kinds of linen were used to make a ruff, exactly how the seams are constructed in a shirt.. You are, in fact, a said costume geek like me and you will love this, as much as you loved all her other books. Nothing to criticise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 8 Jun 2013
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Brilliant as ever. I have all Janet's books and they have inspired my love of historical costume since I was a student in the eighties. They are for the experienced in terms of reproducing {as I found!} but provide accurate and detailed information beyond any book I've seen so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clear instructions and excellent pattern drawings.
Published 1 month ago by liz weldrake
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book on historical costume.
Another fantastic book in the series Patterns of Fashion. I never tire of reading through it. It's invaluable as a reference guide and gives patterns and instructions for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Io
4.0 out of 5 stars Finished the collection
I have the other three books in this series and this is the last one for me to get. I have found the other book very useful and expect to get the same amount of help from this... Read more
Published 8 months ago by diva bubble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a reference book
The whole Janet Arnold series is a must for anyone who needs to research period costume. These give you all the information you need to reproduce the 'real thing'.
Published 9 months ago by isabelle Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and complete
The book is wonderful. It covers the subject completely. Marvellous images and patterns, with ample notes covering historical and practical facts.
Published 10 months ago by Heloisa Frederico
5.0 out of 5 stars my kind of book
always accurate in detail - used all her books through college course - inspiration on every page - see something different every time I open it
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. K. Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars patterns of fashion 4
The Janet Arnold books are a great resource for anyone into the history of costume and costume making. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2012 by jasp13
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool in guiding one's re-creations of the past's garments.
A useful tool in helping one create some of the accessories for those who want to wear more historically correct garments for fun or history activities. Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by Kshni
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