Seventeenth-century Women's Dress Pattern

Seventeenth-century Women's Dress Pattern

Book One

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This innovative and breathtakingly detailed book from the V&A presents dress patterns, construction details, embroidery, and making instructions (including a knitting pattern and lacemaking) for 15 garments and accessories from a 17th-century British woman's wardrobe. Step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence and scale patterns for each garment enable readers to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces, silk braids, and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs, close-up construction details, and X-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the number of layers, and the stitches used inside. This first book in a new series takes the physical examination and study of historical clothing to a new depth and degree of detail, using the expertise of designers, tailors, and makers from London's Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
Publisher: London : V & A Pub., 2011-
Edition: Hbk. ed
ISBN: 9781851776313
Branch Call Number: 646.432 SEV 2011
Characteristics: 160p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 x 31 cm


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Sep 08, 2011

Really an astounding amount of detail for these priceless historical garments. The garments are broken down in multiple ways, including the patterns and techniques of ornament, layout of pattern pieces, pattern construction, seaming, etc. The only complaint I may have is that there aren't enough kinds of garments; for example, there are no skirts. This is book one, so I am sure there will be more to come.

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