FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Little Bodice Book (L... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this book. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Little Bodice Book (Little Costume Workbooks) Paperback – 11 Jan 1996

3.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£7.99
£2.55 £2.06
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£7.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • The Little Bodice Book (Little Costume Workbooks)
  • +
  • The Little Hatmaking Book (Little Costume Workbooks)
Total price: £15.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Quite Specific Media Group (11 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896761312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896761315
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From the Author

Review in Lady's Gallery Vol IV,Is2
Bonnie Holt Ambrose has been making period costumes and hats for over 22 years in her own theatrical supply company. In her Little CostumeWorkbooks she shares her simple and time-saving mathods for making hats and period clothing. Each book guides the reader step-by-step through the construction process. These small paerbacks fit comfortably in one hand. Each page covers one step og the making of a bodice or a hat. Line drawings illustrate the clear, succinct directions. The books include lists of materials and tools needed and tips on how to change the trim and the fabric to change the look and period of the project. The Little Hatmaking Book shows how to build wide brimmed turn of the century and sweetheart hats in about ten easy steps. Making a bodice is more complicated, but the simple drawings and guidance are reassuring to the novice seamstress. Thereare patterns and instructions to make Victorian, Rococo, Restoration and Elizabethan bodices with a veriety of sleeves. With these two books and a little imagination a costumer can readily create a wardrobe of outfits evoctive of several periods. Other books in the series include The Little Hatmaking Book, The Little Bodice Book, The little dressmaking book and the Little Corset construction book.

From the Back Cover

Bonnie Holt Ambrose has been designing, cutting and maintaining costumes in her own theatrical supply company for 22 years. During that time, she has discovered some time-saving and simple methods for building hats and period clothing and is sharing this knowledge in her mini-book series. Each book guides the reader through step-by-step construction with watercolor illustrations of various costume parts. Bonnie's methods have proven popular and easy-to-follow.


Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
This book is great for the person limited on time and space for costumes. It shows how to transform a basic shape into several different looks depending on the details. Elizabethan, Rococo, Restoration and some Victorian are all covered briefly. Don't be shocked about how small it is. There is a lot compacted into this little reference guide.
Comment 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This booklet takes a simple bodice pattern and shows how, by changing sleeve design, embellishments and other little details, you can make it work for a variety of periods.

While not entirely accurate in construction, it serves very well for the stage (especially on a minute budget or for amateur costume makers) and for simple costume needs, giving the appearance of a period correct item using very simple construction techniques.

If you are to use the bodice pattern in the book then you would need to understand drafting but you could just as easily apply the information to a commercial pattern for the same result. I often use Simplicity 2723 / 2354 (full figure) / 9713 (OOP version) for the basic bodice and skirt shapes from which to build my period dresses. (And recently worked with another pro costumer who was using the same pattern.)

I was very pleasantly surprised by how much information was contained, and it really is a starting block, once you understand how easy it is to adapt the basic pattern, your imagination can create all sorts of variations that enable you to have a host of different frock all starting from the same pattern, a great time saver in costuming.

My only disappointment is the tiny size. While it is handy and light to slip into my work-box as a reference book, it has already got lost once amongst costume paraphernalia and it is difficult to keep on a book case without it disappearing. At the moment it sits on top of the books so I don't forget its there.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My lord this is the worse attempt of a book I have ever seen. The pages are just bits of paper that have been photocopied. BADLY (not even straight on the page) and stapled together. It is complete worthless daylight robbery, I know it says it is pocket sized but I have seen bigger and fuller menus than this book, Very, Very disappointed is an understatement. Amazon should not allow this to be sold as a book when it is only a pamphlet. Very expensive for what it is. I bought 2 different ones of these, and together with the postage what a waste of £24 +.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Nice little book, but not as handy as I though it will be
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great little book well worth having
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback