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on 4 February 2013
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.