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Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 2 [Hardcover]

Jenny Tiramani , Susan North
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Jan. 1 2013

Book Two in the V&A’s groundbreaking new series presents 17 patterns for garments and accessories from a 17th-century woman’s wardrobe. It includes patterns for a loose gown, a jacket, a pair of stays and a boned bodice, ivory and wooden busks, shoes, a hat, a stomacher, linen bands and supporters, a bag, and a knife case. It also features a description of the stay-making process. Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment to enable the reader to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale patterns and diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs of the objects, close-up construction details and X-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the precise number of layers and the stitches used inside.


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Susan North is a curator in the V&A Fashion, Textiles and Furniture Department. Jenny Tiramani devised and produced patterns for the book with Melanie Braun, Luca Costigliolo, Armelle Lucas, and Claire Thornton. They are all founding members of the School of Historical Dress and worked together in the wardrobe department of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre between 1999 and 2005.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price May 21 2013
By Medb
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The photos and x-rays alone are worth the price of the book, but they also include new information on various items, such as corsets, loose gown, a hat, shoes, a sweet bag and knife case, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book for serious period dressmakers, 17th century Feb. 3 2013
By Rosiel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing book. The curators of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London have picked treasures from their collection from the 17th century, (1600's) and virtually deconstructed them, included the pattern pieces and lace prickings if necessary, along with period stitches, so you can duplicate it. They show pictures, and then highly closeup details from the picture so you can see every stitch, how many plies in the thread, all that, at important points on the garment. They also go into some detail about the difference between a tailor and a seamstress. The pieces are x-rayed so you can see what went on inside the garment, to see repairs, corrections, etc., as well as fragments of the lace involved if it was metallic. They also include contemporary paintings of the garment discussed, or similar, so you can see it in context. It includes a 'robe', jacket, hat, shoes, supporters for the lace collars that framed the face from the rear, a falling band, all sorts of things. If you need/want to duplicate 17th century women's garments, this is the book for you, along with volume 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource April 11 2013
By D Fox - Published on Amazon.com
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Required reading for anyone interested in the construction details of fashion from the period. Wonderful closeup photos of details, diagrams, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference Feb. 16 2014
By A Student - Published on Amazon.com
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A continuation of 17th Centry Women's Dress Patterns Book 1. Many of the articles of clothing are originally described by Janet Arnold.
Thiis book contains patterns and assembly notes for a gown in mulberry-colored velvet (it was mostly "recycled" in the 18th or early 19th century), a couple of jackets, bodices, a pair of stays, supporters for flat ruffs, and collars edged with flat lace, A brief discussion of "small articles", such as purses, busks, a hat and shoes round out the book.
As with the previous book, the authors have included detailed pictures - including x-rays - of the articles and step-by-step instructions as to how the garments were put together.
I am anxiously awaiting the next book on the 18th Century clothing from the V&A collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dream come true for the serious recreationist. June 14 2013
By Theresa Sorrell - Published on Amazon.com
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Over the top. Broken down by garment, lace, embroidery, period sewing techniques and just about anything needed to reproduce these early 17th century garments. Many of which overlap into SCA time periods. I await book three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent, very detailed yet accessible June 8 2013
By C. Filson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been eyeing this book for a while but finally broke down and bought it.. SO glad I did. I haven't tried this era yet but would like to, and this book is going to prove invaluable. It has an excellent balance of examples in era portraiture, many clear photos of the item with detailed captions, even x-rays! The unexpected bonus was the pages of sewing directions, complete with illustrations, for nearly all of the patterns given. There is also an intro chapter on all the types of hand-sewn seams used on the garment, and how to reproduce them. Very detailed.

I've only given it a once-over since it arrived in the mail today, but I can tell it's going to become one of the core books of my costume library. I am an intermediate-level seamstress and re-enactor, but for anyone remotely interested in this period or historic fashion, I highly recommend it.
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