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Patterns of Fashion: 1660-1860: Vol 1
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on 31 March 2014
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.
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on 27 April 2009
This must count as the definitive text for anyone who wishes to understand costume. The exquisite line drawings are followed by patterns for examples of womens dress for 200 years. I have made a copy of one of them and found the pattern pieces easy to size up and piece together, giving you a real insight into the thinking behind the fashion. For instance, the particular pattern I copied only fitted the individual figure in one small part, the back bodice lining. Everything else was tucked or pleated into shape, meaning that the gown was infinitely alterable and the expensive material was able to be re-used over and over again. This is not something that would be evident from merely looking at the dress. The only thing I think is missing from the book is some actual photographs of the garments, but I presume they are so fragile nowadays that this isn't possible.
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on 4 April 2018
Amazing book! Absolutely worth the money, it was wonderfully packaged and secure, and every page will help unmeasurably with my uni work.
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on 19 March 2018
Package arrived a few days after intended date but I am 100% happy with the product. Wonderful condition and everything that it says it was. Packaged responsibly for the post.
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on 3 January 2014
I first saw a copy of this series of books back in the early 1980's studying Theatre Design. They are a fantastic source of information about period styles and lines with examples of original patterns. Put together by a costume designer, I think they are a must have for people interested in costume and history.
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on 18 July 2017
An interesting book, full of references and good scale drawings. A real go to book.
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on 24 April 2017
Amazing book - as with all Janet Arnold's publications. Just need the courage to attempt making something!
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on 3 July 2016
Very interesting book. Informative. I need to purchase edition 3 which covers the tudor period.
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on 20 April 2017
great references
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on 23 July 2013
the best book for costume making that i read. I made several clothes using this book and its metods and i loved it. The paterns are in inch-scale but the book provides a very handy conversion system (last chapter) for the metric system.
i recommend this book to everyone who's interested in making period costumes!
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