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Pattern Of Fashion 3 1560-1620 [Paperback]

Janet Arnold
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May 30 1985
The third volume in Janet Arnold's groundbreaking series Patterns of Fashion covers an earlier period than the previous two volumes: Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860 and Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940, concentrating on the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. Significantly, too, this is the first of Arnold's books to include patterns for men's clothing. As well as Janet Arnold's meticulous patterns for these remarkable garments, the book includes an amazing 300 black and white photographs ranging from portraits of the period to details of articles of clothing .

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Janet Arnold was a historian of fashion, which combined her two greatest passions: the theatre and clothes. Her early books were conceived as aids for the fashion and theatre students she taught, but as her unique range and depth of knowledge became apparent, more and more museums and other institutions sought her advice and, today, her books are essential tools for the study of dress and have been used throughout the world.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I liked Ms Arnold's book so well that I received the entire set of her books from my daughter. As a professional costumer I found the construction of the choosen garments in her book more for the experienced sewer rather than a beginner. There are construction notes to help, but they are very difficult to understand if you have limited sewing experience. Also, notes dealing with the finer details on each pattern such as embroidery, edging, and fabrics are given for those of use who are looking for recreating each garment as worn. I might add that each pattern is on a grid to make it easier to enlarge for any size. Pictures of each piece, plus a painting, if possible, is all so part of this informative series of books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By "r0byn"
This book would have to be described as "the bible" of late 16th century costuming. It is a goldmine for anyone interested in the actual creation of garments of the period.
I would not be without my copy; I actually own two, so I can lend one out without having to be without it.
The only flaws are that it is incomplete, lacking much of the undergarments of the period, and that there are a few mistakes in some of the patterning, which can have interesting results... certainly make a toile of the garments first, but generally this book is a gem.
Note: this book assumes that the prospective sewer has quite an advanced skill in sewing; if you can't sew without instructions, you might find it challenging, and you need to expand the patterns up from the scaled down illustrations
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book For Any 16th Century Costumer June 18 2002
Once again, Janet Arnold has firmly reinforced her position at the top of the world of historical costume research. Housed within the pages of this book is some of the most invaluable research in the field of 16th century costuming. Arnold examines extant clothing of 16th century nobility and drafts the pattern pieces in detail. Rare photographs of these garments, as well as detailed shots of seams, linings, and stitching and fabric close-ups makes this book one of the most important in the field of historical costuming. Patterns are given for the garments examined, but be aware, they are not sized. Some knowledge of pattern drafting, or access to an enlarger of some kind will be needed if you want to take a pattern from this book and make it fit a human being. But don't let that discourage you! The information within this book is priceless and for any die-hard 16th century enthusiast, it is perhaps the best book available on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Elizabethean costume book Sept. 11 2001
This is a costumers bible. All the detail that will make or break a historical piece. It has wonderful background information and documentation as well as clear drawings and notes. The highlight is a collection of expandable patterns for a large assortment of complete ensembles. If your looking for just making Elizabethean outfits, this is way too much information. If you are ready for the "Next Level" of ultra historical clothing or working on a professional level, buy this book. I'm sure it will end up as dogeared as mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is by the world's foremost researcher of costume and it shows! The attention to detail, history and patterns are invaluable. Although Ms. Arnold has recently passed, this series of costume books are truly a legacy of her greatness. NOT FOR A BEGINNER. Imperative for the advanced costumer who wishes for authentically reproduced garments. The patterns are taken directly from the garments themselves. Her bibliography is exhaustive. Her historical notes, awe-inspiring. I would be lost without this book. (I am on my second copy.) Amazon's price is excellent. In some circles it is much, much more. -- Tonessa West Crowe
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Documentation Jan. 1 2002
By A Customer
Despite a few ambiguous sections and some difficulty with reproductions, I find this to be exceptionally helpful for late period clothing (for the SCA). The only thing better would be color photos, or to see the garments first-hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent source for the designing of clothes Nov. 10 1998
By A Customer
This book is excellent for showing exactly what the title suggests, the cut and construction of clothes. It is not a how-to book, but if you already know how to sew, this will tell you where the seams need to be. It is also interesting to note how much piecing they did and exactly how things were laced and where they were buttoned. I have found the book focuses more heavily on the latter half of the dates, at or after 1600. Despite the lack of information regarding undergarments, ruffs, and the like, this book would be a valuable asset to any recreationist's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is Costumer's dream. Feb. 4 2001
This is one of the books that we refer to constantly for real historical accuracy. It is for serious researchers of the period and contains information that can be found no other place. When we were researching my very first "Nobility" costume this was the book that I went to for the basic cut of the doublet. I also used it in an endevour to maintain real historical accuracy. We use this refence constantly when showing people ideas for accurate costumes
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful reference
It was in perfect condition and arrived promptly. I knew what I wanted and it was quick and easy to obtain. The book is a wonderful reference for historical costuming.
Published 3 months ago by Victoria Klippenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you call it when...
...you find something on amazon.com that you wished you could have purchased nearly a decade ago, if only you had know of its existance? I bought this book for my sister-in-law. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Erin Ptacek
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as accurate as you think.
Janet Arnolds book was something I used to use to make historical reproductions until I had the chance to see a garmet she had chosen to pattern in a museum. Read more
Published on May 1 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT FOR THE THEATRE!
This book is essential to any good theatre costume shop, but it is not for someone looking to create a halloween costume. Read more
Published on April 18 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Student and Professional Costumers
This book is an indispensible resource of period cut and construction techniques. The highly informative text and detailed illustrations are wonderful tools for creating authentic... Read more
Published on March 29 2000 by Jennascarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a must for the serious costumer!
Janet Arnold explores the cut and construction of clothes from 1560-1620 like no other. If you have questions regarding period seam placement, pattern design, period fabrics, and... Read more
Published on Dec 29 1999 by Charles Burke
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Joke
This book doesn't serve much of a purpose other than a paperweight. If you like boring history, this one is for you.
Published on Oct. 22 1999
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