Creating Historical Clothes

Pattern cutting from Tudor to Victorian times


$35.00

  • 224 Pages
  • 9x11 Pzper
  • Index
  • Color and B&W illustrations
  • Costume & Fashion Press / QSM
  • 9780896762855
  • 0-89676-285-8

This stunning collection of period garments spans 400 years of fashion, from 1550 to 1900. Draft your own made-to-measure patterns to create perfectly fitted bodices, sleeves, skirts, trousers and much more. It includes the key style elements from each era, from farthingales to crinolines, ruffs to leg o’ mutton sleeves. With this inspirational book you acquire a library of basic patterns to create perfectly fitted bodices, sleeves, skirts, jackets,

The author’s unique method of pattern cutting ensures that, regardless of differences between the historical garment and the modern wearer, the clothes will fit all shapes and sizes perfectly, and patterns can be drafted from illustrations or paintings where no original exists.

Easy-to-follow instructions for adapting the basic patterns enable the cutter to recreate any historical style, while simple illustrations and diagrams demonstrate how to emphasize the period elements and achieve the correct shapes. Lavishly illustrated with historical paintings and portraits, this book is ideal for costume students, professional costumiers, and anyone who wants to recreate authentic — yet wearable — period styles

Elizabeth Friendship

Elizabeth Friendship is costume designer and teacher who has been resident designer at the Welsh National Opera Company and Head of Theater Design at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she developed and taught her unique method of drafting patterns for historical clothes. She works on a freelance basis for a number of theater companies and researches period and traditional world costumes in her spare time.