Chocolategoddess's Reviews > Patterns of Fashion 5: The content, cut, construction and context of bodies, stays, hoops and rumps c.1595-1795

Patterns of Fashion 5 by Janet Arnold
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it was amazing
bookshelves: textiles, non-fiction

The latest installment of Patterns of Fashion does not disappoint. 200 years of women's underpinnings are explored in detail in these pages, with a huge amount of colour pictures this time. The patterns are easy to understand and the additional material is interesting and serves to give a very full accounting of these articles of clothing. Particular highlights are the ivory stay busk from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the court stays, petticoat, and train of Sophia Magdalena of Sweden and Costigliolo's instructions for drafting stays. The latter seems like a bit of a rushed addition and could have done with extra detail, but it's excellent nonetheless for those wanting to take historical stay patterns and draft them to the correct size with minimal fuss.

If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of stays or hoops, this is the book you need.
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Reading Progress

September 14, 2018 – Started Reading
September 16, 2018 – Finished Reading
September 17, 2018 – Shelved
September 17, 2018 – Shelved as: textiles
September 17, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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