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This review is from: Patterns of Fashion: 1660-1860: Vol 1 (Paperback)
Janet Arnold was lucky enough to have seen the articles of clothing portrayed in these books, and to give us a first-hand glimpse in how they are constructed through her beautifully executed diagrams. She not only drew them as they were when worn, but opened them and gives us diagrams of the inside of the garments with the measurements and instructions in order to duplicate them perfectly.
I am not a costumer but a serious student of haute couture who uses the techniques and diagrams portrayed on a weekly basis and transfers them to my own designs. I cannot stress how invaluable this is as a resource for not only experienced seamstresses and students but also for people interested in seeing how clothes from past centuries were constructed, and how much a person's techniques can change through using this book. It is a super resource for period costumers as well, and also for cosplay seamstresses who can use the techniques for their own clothing.
An added bonus is the fact that Ms Arnold gives detailed information on the garments themselves, as well as their provenance -- this allows you to look up the garments themselves in the museums which hold them to appreciate their beauty.