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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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a style guide than a pattern book
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of information, 4 Feb 2013
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F. Pullen (Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Vintage Pattern Selector (Paperback)
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

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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a style guide than a pattern book, 24 Mar 2014
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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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