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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and delicious., 4 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Corsets: Historic Patterns and Techniques (Paperback)
Having read the other reviews of this book, I was curious on which side of the fence I would find myself. The photographs are generous and some of the corsets are mouth-watering - Oh for the days of tight-lacing! - although as has been noted, the most beautiful corset in the range is not well-lit enough to show good detail. The patterns are shown clearly and with all necessary markings and the instructional text for the two projects is concise.

Having recently bought Robert Doyle's, 'Waisted Efforts', I prefer this book by Jill Salen. I find it clearer to follow and more 'real-time'. There is a practicality about Ms Salen's approach that is appealing and encouraging and her research, whilst full, is never merely academic.

The list of suppliers is helpful, too. If you are a beginner seamstress, you might struggle a bit with the sewing machine control needed to produce neat work, but that is resolved by practice. If you are new to corset-making, having a go at the hand-sewn project will clarify the logic behind the garment and the process.

Either way, give this book a go, have a try and enjoy yourself. That's what I mean to do!
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