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The Vintage Pattern Selector (331/3) [Paperback]

Jo Barnfield
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1 Jan 2013 331/3
The Vintage Pattern Selector is a practical sewing book that arms the reader with all the techniques and information they need in order to mix and match clothing styles from the 20th century. Accompanied by a CD with printable patterns for a range of dress sizes, this book is a comprehensive guide to creating contemporary outfits from vintage styles.

For home sewers and fashion enthusiasts, vintage clothing isn't merely a device to replicate specific looks from a specific era, but instead, an opportunity for limitless style options that draw on decades of experimentation with hemlines, colour, styles, and silhouettes. Wear a 1960s style shift dress with a classic 80s blazer. Match a 40s' cowl neck blouse with 70s' style tapered trousers. The Vintage Pattern Selector is the ultimate handbook to show the reader how to choose the right fabric, colour palettes, styles, and patterns in order to create contemporary pieces that reference these timeless styles and designs.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (1 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408171813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408171813
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Vintage Pattern Selector is a great resource for anyone who wants to make their own retro inspired clothes. It explores key styles and garments from the 1920s to 1970s and combines them with modern styling ideas, offering advice on choosing the right fabrics, colour palettes and styles ... Each chapter looks at the key styles from various decades, such as 1920s flapper dresses or 1950s circle skirts, and compares the traditional fabric, length, style and colours with those used today. It is educational, practical and clearly yet beautifully presented. What makes it stand out from other similar books is the inclusion of less obvious items like the pillbox hat and French knickers. -- Jennifer Schembri My Creative Diva

About the Author

Jo Barnfield is a Designer/Maker operating under the nom de plume of 'House of Jo'. After graduating in 2008 with a BA Hons in Fashion and Textiles, she cut her teeth in the Fashion Industry working as a Pattern Cutter and Technical Illustrator for Jasmine Di Milo. She is currently juggling freelance work alongside the role of Part Time Lecturer and Industry Practitioner at Bath Spa University, Bath, Uk and City of Bath College, teaching design, pattern cutting and construction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of information 4 Feb 2013
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book aims to help the reader learn about vintage styles and how they can bring them into the modern day. It is split down by garment type and at the start of each chapter covers the main styles for those garments in each decade from 1920s or 1930s through to the 1960s or 1970s. It tells you how the particular style came about, who used to wear it, what fabrics were used for making the garments and how it was accessorised. It also shows you some modern versions of those styles.
There is a cd in the back of the book with 15 sewing patterns and the latter part of each chapter shows you how to make up the patterns relevant to that chapter. These instruction sections give you the measurements of the various sizes, colour diagrams for the pattern construction and written instructions. I think these patterns would be best for an intermediate to experienced dressmaker.

There's a section at the front covering how to use digital patterns and 2 in depth chapters at the back on dressmaking basics - altering the patterns, doing seams, darts, gathers, scallops, zips, pockets etc.
The patterns on the disk include a 1920's drop waisted dress, a 1950's circle skirt, 60s/70's wide leg trousers, 1960s box jacket, 1920s slip and French knickers and a 1960's pillbox hat. The patterns on the disk are pdfs and are named by the page number you find the instructions on in the book. I have to say that the big downside is that most patterns are 40-70 pages which would put me off printing them! However that said if there was only one pattern you wanted it wouldn't be too bad considering you get the book and all the patterns for under 15.

If you love vintage this is the book for you, it's full of information and inspiring patterns

This review is from The Sewing Directory.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a bit disjointed 12 April 2014
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it is a good type of book, but fell short of what i expected. there were no made up photos of garments made from the patterns supplied, and the pictures in the book were well presented but none related directly to the patterns supplied. i returned the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended! 3 Jun 2013
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I loved this book. I've been searching for information on how to adapt retro styles and came across this book that does this and more. It explains the fashions over the years, the materials used and the who, why, variations and patterns used. Then it gives you 15 patterns on a cd so you can print out your own pattern and get help using the end chapters on basic dressmaking and construction. Why wouldn't you buy this book??
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