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FULL-COLOR PICTORIAL HISTORY OF
WESTERN COSTUME by
Auguste Racinet With
92 Plates Showing Over 950 Authentic Costumes from the Middle Ages to 1800
Sewing, Needlework, and Millinery Patterns 1867-1868
Frances Grimble Reconstruction
Era Fashions contains a comprehensive selection of women’s styles from the
years immediately following the American Civil War. By late 1867 the large,
elliptical dress skirt of the mid 1860s had evolved into a smaller, looped-up,
“polonaise” overskirt. This attractive silhouette was inspired by
18th-century fashions. Historical interest was also expressed by “Watteau”
back pleats, “Pompadour” necklines, and “Marie Antoinette” fichus. The
appeal of these styles was intensified by rich fabrics and lively colors.
The 350 patterns and 609 illustrations in this book are drawn from a
rare complete bound volume of the first issues of Harper’s Bazar, from
November 1867 through December 1868. Harper’s Bazar was the most
sophisticated American fashion magazine of this period. It weekly published
sewing patterns for day dresses, evening dresses, accessories, outer wear,
lingerie, corsets, crinolines, bridal wear, and clothes for riding and
bathing. Instructions for enlarging, fitting, and sewing, needlework, and
millinery patterns illustrated by exquisite engraved plates. These practical
patterns enabled every woman to make her own entire wardrobe. They were
supplemented by columns that advised readers on planning their outfits and by
articles that focused on specific techniques.
This unique book provides using the
patterns are included. Patterns for garment trimmings use such techniques as
heirloom sewing, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, tatting, and ribbon work.
Millinery patterns include bonnets, hats, and evening headdresses. Additional
instructions for authentic dressmaking, corset making, millinery,
hairdressing, crocheted tatting, and netting. Selections from fashion columns
describe materials, colors, shoes, jewelry, trousseaux, and mourning. In
short, this book contains all the information needed to create a complete
outfit—or many. Reconstruction
Era Fashions is a rich pattern source for sewers and needleworkers who
recreate period costumes for the theater, living history, bridal wear, or
dolls. It’s a valuable identification and dating tool for costume historians
and vintage clothing collectors. And it will spark ideas for fashion
pages, 350 patterns and 609 illustrations.
Recreating the American Longhunter - 1740-1790
by Joseph Ruckman This small volume encompasses a wide range of valuable information in a easily readable format and serves as a great primer for "brushing up" on frontier America.
Mirror of Graces (1811) by a Lady of Distinction.
This important work covers the
manners and customs of late 18th and early 19th century society.
In large part devoted to “The English Ladies Costume”, it
includes charming fashion illustrations as well as rare additional fashion
plates from contemporary sources. Also
covered are deportment, movement, the
correct dances, propriety and aids to beauty and health.
Indispensable for anyone interested in the times of the early United
States, English Regency, Jane Austen, Napoleon, War of 1812 and beyond.
Original text enlarged for easier reading.
and illustrated by Linda Byrd
glimpse of Gaelic clothing and accoutrements of the eighteenth century.
AND MEN’S HABERDASHERY
R. L. Shep & Gail Cariou
a history by Gail Cariou of Parks Canada and a tribute to Betty Williams, this
long awaited practical book on historical men's shirts with primary source
patterns and illustrations, includes professional garments and pajamas, robes,
flannel shirts, sports shirts. 288 pages.
HATS AND FASHION ACCESSORIES, A
Pictorial Archive 1850 - 1940 by
Carol Belanger Grafton
pages of 2,020 illustrations separated by year of shoes, hats and accessories.
WORK ON CUTTING (MEN’S GARMENTS), J.
Mitchell Co., Re-publication
of the 1886 Fifth edition work of the same title describing the block pattern
system for men’s garments including coats, sleeves shirts, collars, vests,
trousers, breeches, gaiters, capes and well as adjustments for creases and
misfits. A chapter on
“Cutting-room etiquette” and “Advice to young cutters” does well to
set the tone regarding the tailoring profession.
Included are a group of illustrations and cartoons from Harper’s
Bazaar from the year 1887. The
book is not only a valuable reference for the costume historian, but a
valuable tool for producing men’s garments from 17th through 19th centuries.
Patterns), Primrose Sully.
A truly stunning book on the intricacies of French Hand sewing written
for both the beginner and advanced needleworker for the author’s
express purpose “to infect everyone with the joy and satisfaction I have
derived from this tranquil pastime”. Included
are 20 original patterns and designs covering wide
a range of stitches and techniques,
some old-fashioned and almost forgotten and others, already revived and
popular. Each item is presented in
order of escalating ablility. Projects
include a handkerchief sachet, delicate collars, camisole, baby wear,
exquisite Continental pillow covers,
and even a beaded sweater. Each
item is illustrated in watercolors. Eight full color photographic plates
further compliment the projects. 144pp.
PATTERN BOOK 1589
rare collection of 135 tailoring patterns was originally published in Madrid
in 1589, during the reigns of Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth I of England,
when Spanish fashions dominated European dress. It covers 23 categories of
garments; for men and women, the clergy, knights, for tournaments and others.
As very few garments survive from the period it is an important source book
for dress historians and costume designers. The patterns and
instructions also provide authentic information for historical re-enactment
groups. This information is unique since Juan de Alcega, master tailor
was the first to publish the secrets of the tailor's trade. The complete
English translation, historical introduction, notes and glossary are based on
extensive research and the Spanish original is reproduced from the copy in the
Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
WORK by Yusai
work, from its eastern origins, has become the preferred embroidery technique
of haute couture and decorative bead embroidery.
It has likewise been the popular technique for the Irish embroidered
tulle laces. Essentially a chain stitch technique, its myriad forms are fully
explored through photos and drawings. 9
photographs and 194 diagrams and
pattern drawings. 120 pp.
RECIPES AND DRINKING CUSTOMS,
by Donlyn Meyers Printed by Smoke and Fire News.
This booklet is designed to be used as
a cookbook for recipes related to the public enjoyment of mixing liquor and
other drinks in Colonial America.
OF LADIES’ HAIRDRESSING OF THE 19TH CENTURY, THE
Compilation of Original 19th Century Sources.
Campbell and Mallemont. Informative
reference book on weaving hair for switches,
sewing switches, weaving and making curls, weaving hair for wigs, making
waterfalls and bows, puffs and coils, along with techniques on hair dressing.
Circa 1870s through 1899.
COSTUME AND FASHION. Herbert
the years 1485 to 1603, this monumental study describes fashions worn in
England from the reign of Henry VII to that of Elizabeth I.
Two books bound as one, this volume features over 1,000 black and white
figures (including diagrams showing the construction of various garments and
headgear), 24 halftone plates, and 22 plates in full color.
Each chapter focuses on clothing worn by royalty and nobility of the
period as well as the middle and lower classes.
In addition to clothing, the author describes a wide range of headgear,
hairdressing, jewelry, collars, footwear, and other accessories, as well as
weapons, musical instruments, and more. Anyone interested in historic costumes
will want to add this exceptionally detailed, profusely illustrated book to
their libraries. 904 pp
OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by
More than any other U. S. war, the
American Revolution exhibited the most magnificent, unusual and varied array
of army and navy uniforms that has ever been amassed on a battlefield.
From brass-buttoned British
generals to threadbare infantrymen at Valley
Forge, from wildly colorful Iroquois warriors to spit-and-polish
Hesse-Cassal gunners, and much more:
are accurately recreated
OF THE CIVIL WAR by
pages of good information and full color illustrations.
OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, 1774-1889 by
H. A. Ogden This striking collection of
lithographs is a marvelous sampling of military, social and costume history.
It features a wealth of richly colored,
hand-tinted prints portraying the gamut of U.S. army
uniforms, from fatigues to full dress, between 1774 and 1889.