T his stunning collection of period garments spans 400 years of fashion, Tudor to Victorian times. Draft your own made-to-measure patterns to create perfectly fitted bodices, sleeves, skirts, trousers and much more. It includes the key style elements from each era, from farthingales to crinolines, ruffs to leg o’ mutton sleeves. With this inspirational book you acquire a library of basic patterns to create perfectly fitted bodices, sleeves, skirts, jackets,

The author’s unique method of pattern cutting ensures that, regardless of differences between the historical garment and the modern wearer, the clothes will fit all shapes and sizes perfectly, and patterns can be drafted from illustrations or paintings where no original exists.

Easy-to-follow instructions for adapting the basic patterns enable the cutter to recreate any historical style, while simple illustrations and diagrams demonstrate how to emphasize the period elements and achieve the correct shapes. Lavishly illustrated with historical paintings and portraits, this book is ideal for costume students, professional costumiers, and anyone who wants to recreate authentic — yet wearable — period styles.

Pages
224
Size
9 x 11 in.
ISBN-13
9780896762855
ISBN-10
0-89676-285-8

$35.00

Elizabeth Friendship is costume designer and teacher who has been resident designer at the Welsh National Opera Company and Head of Theater Design at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she developed and taught her unique method of drafting patterns for historical clothes. She works on a freelance basis for a number of theater companies and researches period and traditional world costumes in her spare time.

Amazon Reviews:

“Great Book! Takes you step by step. Explains how to make your pattern for each type of dress. Also explains different types of under petticoats, hoops, panniers, bustle.”

“Excellent book.”

“It is a great learning and reference book. Clear and full of illustration.”

“Thank you for this wonderful costuming book, it’s terrific!”

Great book!

Clear and full of illustration

It’s terrific!