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The Edwardian Modiste: 85 Authentic Patterns with Instructions, Fashion Plates, and Period Sewing Techniques

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The 85 patterns and 91 fashion plates in this book were reproduced from rare originals of the 1905 American Garment Cutter Instruction and Diagram Book and 1907 1909 issues of the quarterly American Modiste. These publications were used by both professional dressmakers and amateurs. They offered sophisticated fashions, artistic illustrations, fashion columns describing the ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Lavolta Press
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Alessandra
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1900-1910
Frances Grimble makes The Edwardian Modiste more helpful than many reprints of old dressmakers' patterns. As always, the patterns are more visual suggestions than actual, usable-as-they-are sewing patterns. But the instructions for drafting them yourself are pretty clear, and Ms. Grimble includes facsimiles of the original scaled rulers that allowed for different sizes. She also includes selected chapters from a dressmakers' manual of the time and other helpful supplemental material.

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Phair
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it
A fairly recent acquisition so I've only browsed through it. Covers 1905-1909 with a good variety of seasons and occasions. I was disappointed that no riding habit was included.

Have not tried to scale a pattern using the method provided in the book but it looks useful. The pattern pieces are clearly marked and the construction method is briefly outlined including fabric type and approximate yardage for each pattern. The illustrations of the finished garment are from the period magazine with th
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