60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns Reviews

60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns

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Assembled from vintage issues of Peterson’s Magazine, a popular 19th-century “ladies” periodical, these patterns include dresses, pants, jackets, and other apparel for women and children. Historians, collectors of antiques, and costume designers will appreciate this original collection, which features suggestions for re-creating the garments with modern tools and techniques.

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3 Responses to “60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns Reviews”

  1. CostumeDesigner Says:
    50 of 50 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not for the beginning seamstress, February 9, 2008
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    CostumeDesigner (New York) –

    This review is from: 60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns (Paperback)

    The patterns in 60 Civil-War Era Fashions are all drawn from Peterson’s Magazine, one of the ladies’ magazines most familiar to Civil War re-enactors and costumers. The pattern dates range from 1860 to 1869. The patterns have been enlarged somewhat to fit the book pages, and the book says they have been redrawn, but otherwise they are just like the ones in the original magazines. Patterns in 1860s ladies’ magazines tend to be only roughly scaled (that is, they are not drawn to true scale and cannot simply be enlarged without re-drafting). These patterns are no exception. Each pattern includes a brief description of the garment, but no sewing instructions. No period supplementary information (such as dressmaking instructions or fashion columns) was added to make up for the lack of it. However, a highly experienced pattern-drafter and seamstress, who has no access to original issues of Peterson’s, will be able to make use of this book.

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  2. Laura Nunnelee "Mother of 2 Boys" Says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Pattern Book, September 29, 2009
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    Laura Nunnelee “Mother of 2 Boys” (Western Tennessee) –
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    This review is from: 60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns (Paperback)

    I agree, this book takes an experienced seamstress, but the samples and explanations of the gowns can get any type of seamstress through. If not, then the seamstress needs to learn how to sew. Even though the book has “patterns from the era”, the patterns are no where near what we have as patterns today. If you want a Simplicity (which describes the type of pattern it is) then do not purchase this book. If you are looking for a book to offer suggestions, give great examples that are period correct, then this is the book to buy. Yes, the patterns back in the Civil War period were produced in a way that a seamstress has to use some math to get it to the correct size needed and therefore are not like our patterns today where you take it out of the envelope and lay it on your material and cut.
    Excellent book and great to study.

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  3. Doll Artist Says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book for the price!, December 12, 2010
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    Doll Artist (North Dakota) –

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    This review is from: 60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns (Paperback)

    This isn’t the best book on the subject, but it is worth the money. There are some nice patterns in this volume…and it is well written with clear instructions.

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