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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 Paperback – Unabridged, 7 Nov 2008


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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: 36.8 x 0.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,541 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 By Galina Karputina on 13 Nov 2008
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By christine on 30 Aug 2011
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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 By E. Murray on 5 Aug 2009
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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 By hamster on 19 Jan 2011
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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 By D. Davies on 3 Jan 2009
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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.
awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Artdeco on 27 Jun 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By corvidae25 on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jo smith on 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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