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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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on 3 June 2013
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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on 12 April 2014
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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on 24 June 2014
I bought this book mostly for the patterns provided on the CD- which are on the whole good. I made up several items from this, one of which the sizing was totally off (the 1960s mini dress), but others like the 1950's prom dress I love.

Its disappointing there are no photographs of final garments in the book. In fact, the images in this book are really quite random- just photographs of things taken from I think some more historical and practical references would have been more useful.

I'm posting photographs of some of the items I have made on my blog, for anyone who is interested, take a look.
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VINE VOICEon 24 March 2014
This is more of an overall guide to the prevailing cut & line than a detailed description of any particular garment from each period covered, so probably disappointing for anyone genuinely helping to construct a government from scratch. It seemed to be more aimed at the fashion student or someone aiming for a vintage look from a 20th century period who might be looking for suitable garments and accessories to buy.
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on 29 July 2014
This book is good value for money with the patterns included however there are no photos of the finished garment and is it just me who can't find anything telling me how much fabric i will need? The pattern layout is poor and wastes fabric.
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on 25 July 2015
great book loved ,lived up to and surpassed all my expectations,+ came with pattern cd,great value,and will be invaluable when i start my vintage sewing
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on 18 March 2015
For my mum, think she likes it :) she wanted it as she borrowed it from library!
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on 7 August 2015
Perfect in every way.
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