By Frances GrimbleFashions of the Gilded Age contains a complete wardrobe of authentic women s styles from the late 1870s and early 1880s. This natural form silhouette, with its slender bodice, graceful drapery, and flowing train, is one of the most elegant of the 19th century.The 343 patterns and 798 illustrations in this anthology are drawn from numerous rare original sources. Volume 1 includes patterns for corsets, bustles, lingerie, skirts, day bodices, evening bodices, overskirts, polonaises, and day dresses. Volume 2 focuses on evening dresses, ball gowns, wedding dresses, riding habits, bathing costumes, and outerwear. It also includes millinery, accessories of all types, and needlework trimmings created by such techniques as embroidery and crochet. Each pattern is accompanied by practical instructions, and often by an exquisite fashion plate. For even greater variety you can exchange most pattern components, such as bodices and overskirts, with those of other patterns. Although enthusiasts will want both volumes, each can be used independently.You can enlarge the patterns by several different methods, depending on the source. The German manual Vollst ndige Schule der Damenschneiderei, newly translated into English, gives patterns to be drafted with apportioning scales. Apportioning scales are special rulers that enable you to draft custom sizes, from queen size to doll size, without doing arithmetic. It also gives patterns you can draft with ordinary rulers, and patterns you can develop from a period sloper. The scaled diagrams from Harper s Bazar and other publications can be enlarged by gridding or projection. Each volume contains clear, step-by-step instructions for all these enlargement methods and a full set of apportioning scales.Extensive quotes from fashion magazines and etiquette manuals give you in-depth information on construction, materials, trimmings, and wardrobe planning. Volume 2 includes a substantial manual on 1870s and 1880s dressmaking and millinery, created especially for this book. A glossary, which appears in both volumes, explains period fabric names and dressmaking terms.Fashions of the Gilded Age is a rich pattern source for those who create period costumes for theater, film, living history, reenactment, bridal wear, or dolls. It s a valuable identification and dating tool for costume historians and vintage clothing collectors. This may be the only book (and the only patterns) you ll ever need for women s fashions of 1877 through 1882.ContentsVolume 2 contains patterns, instructions, and fashion plates for:9 evening dresses and 4 wedding dresses5 vests, 4 riding bodices, 1 riding skirt, 3 riding trousers, 4 bathing suits, and 1 skating sacque15 coats and jackets, and 8 traveling mantles and waterproofs24 mantles and cloaks for day and evening25 hairstyles and hairpieces, and 29 hair ornaments and headdresses13 hats and bonnets, 11 caps, and 7 hoods22 collars (some with matching cuffs), and 24 cravats and neckties7 fichus and scarves, and 5 aprons40 necklaces, bracelets, pins, and earrings4 belts, and 15 chatelaines, bouquet holders, and skirt supporters8 pairs of gloves, 10 fans, and 5 parasols7 handkerchiefs, 6 reticules and satchels, and 5 muffs2 pairs of gaiters, 5 pairs of stockings and garters, and 17 pairs of shoes and boots35 lingerie trimmings, 28 dress trimmings, and 22 outerwear trimmings26 clasps and buttonsOnly 27 cents per pattern!This 541-page book also includes:Apportioning scales (drafting rulers), which enable you to easily enlarge patterns to your unique measurementsDirections for enlarging patterns by projection and by griddingInstructions for developing patterns from an existing patternTechniques for fitting different figuresQuotes from period sources, on styles, construction, materials, trimmings, and colorsAnd:An 87-page, illustrated manual on 1870s and 1880s dressmaking and millineryTable of Contents (readable with Adobe Acrobat)Index of Patterns by Enlargement Method and Needlework Technique (readable with Adobe Acrobat)Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 2 Publication Data8 1/2 x 11 inches quality paperback541 pages598 line illustrations184 patternsGlossary, bibliography, 2 indexes, apportioning scales, metric conversion tableISBN: 978-0-9636517-6-1LCCN: 2003114921
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