P acked with historical and vintage patterns from 1900 to 1970, Classic Fashion Patterns is a practical and inspiring pattern book of 20th-century costume. Working from surviving garments and contemporary tailoring books and patterns, each decade is considered separately, with a short introduction that reveals the fascinating relationship between dress and social trends throughout the century.
The 20th century was an era of rapid technology development and this is reflected by the changing fashions over the decades. In some cases, not only the styles themselves have vanished, but the skills needed to cut and construct them are almost forgotten. This easy to use and practical guide helps to resolve the many problems faced by the theatrical costume designer or fashion student who wishes to reconstruct historical and vintage garments.
The featured clothes range from an Edwardian Directoire-style evening dress a flapper dress and a 1930s wedding dress to a Teddy Boy outfit and a 1960s A-line mini dress. All the sketches are accompanied by information on notable features, suitable fabrics and colors, underwear and accessories.
Scale patterns follow each outfit shown, complete with detailed notes on making up, using techniques appropriate to the period. A grid for enlargement of the pattern pieces is provided together with full instructions, making it easy to recreate stunning historical and vintage outfits for any occasion.