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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (16 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849940614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849940610
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill Salen has added to her excellent range of costume reference books on corsets and vintage lingerie with a new book on swimwear. This book is once again full of excellent scaled patterns and sewing techniques, which will be invaluable to students and costume makers alike … As a reference book, Vintage Swimwear will provide invaluable inspiration to costume designers and makers for correct period patterns and details of production. --Costume Journal

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Jill Salen is a freelance costume maker, and is widely employed in the theatrical costume industry. She has made costumes for many clients, including The Globe theatre. She is a lecturer in costume on the BA (Hons) theatre design course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Jill is the author of Corsets, also published by Batsford. Jill lives in Cardiff.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buzz Read on 26 Feb. 2014
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Another great reference book from Jill Salen. Wonderful historic research and the photo's are just right.

If you do try any of the patterns, I recommend you ensure you have enough fabric to try 3-4 mock up's. In my manufacturing experience it is very important to establish the pattern fit to the specific stretch fabric. Not all stretch fabrics give the same fit, so you will be cutting a pattern for your fabric.
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It is lovely to look at the examples of vintage items - the photographs are good and there is some interesting information about the item.

Had I picked this up in a bookshop I would most likely not have purchased it, however i ordered it because I thought it would have patterns and construction techniques that would help me to create my own vintage style swimwear.

The patterns are too small - you have to scale them up - that was quite disappointing as I was expecting patterns I could actually use rather than draft myself. Most of them are overlaid as well, and they are very small.

There are only two projects on how to make your own versions, the instructions - the rest do not include instructions nor detailed pictures, some of the patterns only have one front image for you to work out how to do it.

I don't doubt Jill Salen's knowledge and skills, but feel that this did not deliver quite what I was hoping for.
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By K. E. Butcher on 24 Aug. 2013
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I can't wait to create something from this lovely, technical book .It is well illustrated and clear and concise...the perfect addition to my collection
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By Carla Grindle on 16 Feb. 2014
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Lovely items inside... But no instructions on how to enlarge patterns??? Tutor in college couldn't understand the information given either.
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