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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
Format:Paperback
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"
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book For Any 16th Century Costumer June 18 2002
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Documentation Jan. 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Elizabethean costume book Sept. 11 2001
Format:Paperback
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as accurate as you think. May 1 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. There were several blatent mistakes made in the pattern. Apperantly Ms. Arnold does not work from the garment, she works from an artists rendition of the garment, so there are many details that are overlooked. If you want an precise pattern for a historical garment, look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is Costumer's dream. Feb. 4 2001
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Student and Professional Costumers March 29 2000
Format:Paperback
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 garments. Be aware- this is not for the novice seamstress- the illustrations assume that a strong base knowledge of sewing and cutting has already been met. I borrowed copies of this book for years- now I finally have my own.
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