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  • Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques

    At the turn of the century, ladies of privilege could easily afford their own dressmakers, and even middle-class housewives occasionally employed competent seamstresses. But many women did their own sewing, often relying on Dressmaking, Up to Date, a how-to book published by the Butterick Publishing Company. First published in 1905 and widely considered the first modern American sewing book, this extremely rare volume is published here complete and unabridged.This Butterick manual provides clear and concise instructions for altering patterns, hand-sewing stitches, and creating shirt-blouses, skirts, wedding and evening gowns, coats, jackets, maternity wear, undergarments, bathrobes, children's clothing, and many other articles of apparel. Today's costume historians and sewing enthusiasts will find fascinating instruction in such long-lost arts as boning a bodice perfectly, creating skirt sweepers and bust enhancers, concealing hooks and eyes, and other vintage dressmaking techniques.An indispensable archive of information on late-Victorian and turn-of-the-century clothing, this volume will be of immense interest to anyone fascinated by the fashion and costume of the period. It will also be of value to needleworkers wanting to create accurate reproductions of Victorian-era costume...

    • ASIN: 0486404854
    • Brand: Brand: Dover Publications
    • ASIN: 0486404854
    • UPC: 800759404858
    • Part No: Ill.

  • Embellishments: Constructing Victorian Detail

    This book of full-color photographs and how-to guide highlights ten of the dresses from the Embellishments exhibit and analyzes their design elements in depth. Each item has been closely examined, taking advantage of places where threads have loosened over time to peer at the back side of trims, searching garment interiors, and studying fabric grain lines and seams for clues on construction. Lush photography of full-length gowns and close-up views of construction details are paired with descriptions, clear diagrams, and instructions for a book you can enjoy on many levels. “Embellishments is a must have for fashion do-it-yourselfers, but this publication also belongs on bookshelves of serious fashionistas and Victorian enthusiasts.” —Lynne Francis-Lunn, Director of Merchandising, Peabody Essex Museum “In an era in which our closets are full of mass-produced clothing, Embellishments offers us a rich and lushly illustrated book that combines an obvious love of handcraft with intimate knowledge of Victorian garment construction.” —Michelle Tolini Finamore, Curator of Fashion Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    • ASIN: 1938394046
    • ASIN: 1938394046

  • Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady's Wardrobe (Dover Fashion and Costumes)

    Imported custom-made clothes were usually beyond the financial reach of the average middle-class American woman of a century ago; and store-bought garments were often of inferior quality. This left many women with the options of making their own clothes or hiring a seamstress.While a number of economy-minded women did sew simple housedresses, and clothing for their children, many took favorite fashion plates to a dressmaker who would often consult patterns in a magazine such as The Voice of Fashion. This book, compiled by costume authority Kristina Harris, painstakingly reprints a rich selection of scaled dressmakers' patterns of the 1890s, taken from rare issues of that popular, late-19th century dressmaker's journal. Featuring such fashion elements as leg-o'-mutton sleeves, high-collared necklines, long skirts, and pinched waistlines, the collection includes nearly 500 patterns and illustrations detailing 50 garments for women. Every wardrobe necessity for the Victorian lady is covered — from nightgowns and wrappers for boudoir and breakfast, a riding habit and tennis outfit, to walking dresses for town and visiting, elegant dinner dresses, and elaborate evening gowns.An introduction and brief instruction for using the patterns are also included in a volume that will not only...

    • ASIN: 0486407217
    • ASIN: 0486407217
    • UPC: 800759407217
    • Part No: illustrations

  • Making Victorian Costumes for Women

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    • ASIN: 1785000519
    • Brand: imusti
    • ASIN: 1785000519
    • Part No: 309 colour photographs

  • Solid Brass Replica Victorian Bird Sewing Clamp Pincushion by INsideOUT

    Behold this solid brass Victorian sewing bird and pin cushion. Antique-style brass sewing bird makes a great addition to any sewing table. The bird is hinged to be used as a hemming clamp, and the pin cushion is full and firm for holding pins and needles. Antique sewing bird is very ornate with beautiful patterns cast into the bird, clamp, and handle. The vintage Victorian style clamp and cushion sewing bird is a stunning high quality collectable and would make a great gift for anyone who sews. The hemming clamp can be used to hold just about anything and is easy to open yet strong enough to hold heavy fabrics. The solid brass antique reproduction sewing bird measures 7" tall from handle to beak, and 3" wide. The bird is positioned above the pin cushion to suggest that the bird is sitting on a nest. Ships brand new in manufacturer's packaging with our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

    • ASIN: B002LRCEN6
    • Brand: INsideOUT
    • ASIN: B002LRCEN6
    • UPC: 786295157390
    • Part No: OT-SEWINGBIRD

  • Sewing Victorian Doll Clothes: Authentic Costumes from Museum Collections

    Enjoy fabulous full-color photographs of Victorian dolls dressed in authentic period splendor. Then discover how these miniature fashions were constructed as Michelle Hamilton takes readers step by step through the sewing of selected outfits from museum collections.

    • ASIN: 188737406X
    • Brand: Brand: Lark Books
    • ASIN: 188737406X

  • The Art of the Mantua-Maker: 1870 - 1879: Fashion, Sewing, and Clothes Care Advice (Victorian Dress and Dressmaking) (Volume 1)

    Taste in dress is the sure guarantee of the lady. Nor is it mere money that makes a tasteful dress. It is principally a knowledge of the fashions, and how to adapt them to your style. Peterson’s Magazine, November 1875 The art of the mantua-maker was practiced by every woman who wanted to create her own wardrobe. Fashion magazines were studied and dissected, scoured for details on how each effect was created, how many seams were used, and where the pleats were used. They learned why changes were made, when they went out of date, and how to recreate the styles they liked. This book compiles sewing and fashion advice given in those books and magazines during the 1870s, given in the words of writers of that time. Each entry shows the name and date of the periodical quoted. I’ve included as many pattern sketches as I could find. “The Art of the Mantua-Maker: 1870 - 1879 Fashion, Sewing, and Clothes Care Advice” has three sections: 1) Sewing tips and fashion advice 2) Fabric cleaning and care. 3) Bibliography of magazines and books I found useful. I’ve included over 740 black and white period engravings to help show the details of the changing fashions of the 1870s.

    • ASIN: 1502832003
    • ASIN: 1502832003
    • Part No: black & white illustrations

  • Victorian Needlework: Techniques and Designs (Dover Embroidery, Needlepoint)

    Second to none in their admiration of fine stitchery, the Victorians adorned their homes and wardrobes with lavish displays of needlework and similar handicrafts. Most nineteenth-century women engaged in some form of sewing ― whether for pleasure, economy, or both ― and in the absence of a tutor, they turned to handbooks such as this rare and authentic guide to the rich and varied intricacies of needlecraft. Scores of diagrams and photos offer clear illustrations of the step-by-step directions for mastering an array of techniques and patterns. Ranging from a practical lesson in hemstitching to creating doilies with Hungarian embroidery, this vintage volume offers a treasury of what the Victorians termed "fancywork": decorative stitching such as Bulgarian, Catalan, Hungarian, and Baro embroidery; netting; Berlin wool-work; Bohemian, Carrickmacross, Innishmacsaint, and reticella lace: and a bevy of cousins to the burgeoning family of needlepoint. Aspiring or accomplished, needleworkers at every level of expertise will find projects here to love ― knotting fringes for a handsome finished edge, trimming collars and cuffs with dainty punched work, making a lace collar in Brussels braid, and numerous other crafts, all abounding in old-fashioned charm.

    • ASIN: 0486421546
    • ASIN: 0486421546
    • UPC: 800759421541
    • Part No: 87 b/w illustrations

  • McCall's M6097 Women's Historical Victorian Dress Costume Sewing Pattern, Sizes 14-20

    This Victorian costume pattern is a fantastic option for women who want a unique costume for any occasion, a historically accurate costume for a theater production, or even cosplay event! The pattern packet includes sewing templates, instructions, fabric recommendations, and sizing guides for (1) women's dress costume that can be made to fit sizes 14, 16, 18, and 20. Instructions are in multi-language and patterns were proudly made in the United States.

    • ASIN: B004OA7IDE
    • Brand: McCall's Patterns
    • ASIN: B004OA7IDE
    • UPC: 023795549257
    • Part No: M6097EE0

  • The Victorian Tailor: An Introduction to Period Tailoring

    This unique book is a wide-ranging introduction to the world of Victorian tailoring, including techniques, materials, and patterns. The author, an expert in the field, has dipped into rare 19th-century tailoring sourcebooks and re-created the authentic techniques for today's budding tailor.An introductory section includes:--A glimpse into the 19th-century tailor's shop and the people who worked there--How men's fashion subtly evolved through the decades, with illustrations and Victorian photographs--Tools of the trade, and how they were used--and which ones are still worth using today--Which cloths to use for an authentic Victorian feel, and where to obtain them--The fundamental techniques every tailor should know, from how to sit in the traditional cross-legged manner to the full range of stitches used in the Victorian era.The book then moves on to give detailed instructions on how to draft and cut your own patterns to fit your client exactly, a

    • ASIN: 0312642334
    • ASIN: 0312642334