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Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 2 Hardcover – Jan 1 2013

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (Jan. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851776850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851776856
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Wonderful resource with authentic period patterns (should you wish to make the garment) based on historical examples! In addition to having the garment patterns it also includes embroidery patterns, lace patterns with lots of pictures of the garment for your review and study!

Hope they continue the series and make a men's version soon...
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98ebd9c0) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
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HASH(0x9868cd38) 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x987eba38) 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98f0ef78) out of 5 stars Really excellent, very detailed yet accessible June 8 2013
By C. F. - 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.
HASH(0x98f0a654) out of 5 stars A Must Have Book for Those Interested in 17th Century Historical Garments and Costume Design Dec 2 2014
By Shopper in Austin - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic! I bought this book thru Amazon while taking advantage of their special offer of 30% off of the most expensive book in my shopping cart - and this book was it. I have bought other V&A books while visiting the UK back in 2000. I see that the V&A has improved on their books. This book has drawings on garment assembly as well as pattern pieces. Amazing attention to details such as embroidery patterns along with embroidery and sewing stitch instructions. One must remember that the sewing machine did not exists (invented in1750's, 1st sewing machine design in 1790's, not widely used and practical until 1830's) during this period and everything was sewn by hand. Even had a couple of shoes thrown in there. Had instructions on braiding string for a purse or pillow. Had construction and description of a picadil sculpted firm shape that sits behind the neck. Also shown samples and construction of collar supporters. Some garments were X-ray and/or disassembled followed by pattern piece reconstruction and assembly of the piece. I'll study this in more detail over the weekend. Finally a book worth buying!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d15e64) out of 5 stars Details abound March 3 2013
By Woodsholme - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a costume maker, historical reinactor, or just interested in the details of clothing making and construction this book and it's predecessor are a valuable resource, and a must have reference!


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