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Dressmaking Course in 8 Easy Steps

Thursday’s Book Review: Dressmaking Course in 8 Easy Steps by Singer Rating 5 stars = Shiny Description This is a vintage 1961 dressmaking manual produced by Singer, as presented in their sewing centers. It promises just eight easy steps to … Continue reading

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Fashion Illustration for Designers

Thursday’s Book Review: Fashion Illustration for Designers by Kathryn Hagen   Rating 5 stars = Shiny! Description This is a book on how to draw fashion illustrations. It starts with the basics of figure drawing, then moves on to poses … Continue reading

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Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive

Thursday’s Book Review: Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive by Carol Belanger Grafton     Rating 4 stars = Satisfactory Description This is a book filled with scanned images from antique fashion magazines, periodicals, and catalogs. Sources include Harper’s Bazar, La … Continue reading

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The Fashion Designer’s Directory of Shape & Style

Thursday’s Book Review: The Fashion Designer’s Directory of Shape and Style by Simon Travers-Spencer & Zarida Zaman Rating 4 stars = Satisfactory Description A visual guide to the main aspects of fashion design. This book includes a myriad of mix-and-match … Continue reading

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Tidings From the 18th Century

Thursday’s Book Review Tidings From the 18th Century: Colonial American How-To and Living History by Beth Gilgun     Rating 5 stars = Shiny! Description Written as a series of letters to a companion, this book discusses life in the … Continue reading

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The Corset & the Crinoline

Thursday’s Book Review The Corset & the Crinoline: An Illustrated History by W. B. Lord Rating 4 = Satisfactory Description An unabridged reprint of The Corset and the Crinoline: A Book of Modes and Costumes from Remote Periods to the … Continue reading

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Sewing 911

Thursday’s Book Review Sewing 911: Practical and Creative Rescues for Sewing Emergencies by Barbara Deckert Rating 4 stars = Satisfactory Description A self-help guide to fixing all sorts of sewing mishaps and accidents. It gives 280 tricks for mending things … Continue reading

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Sewing Victorian Doll Clothes

Thursday’s Book Review Sewing Victorian Doll Clothes: Authentic Costumes from Museum Collections by Michelle Hamilton Rating 5 stars = Shiny! Description A book that features antique doll clothes representing much of the Victorian period (from the 1830s through 1910). After … Continue reading

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Fit For Real People

Thursday’s Book Review Fit For Real People: Sew Great Clothes Using Any Pattern! by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto Rating 5 stars = Shiny! Description A book that digs deeply into the mechanics of properly fitting garments. It breaks down … Continue reading

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Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers

Thursday’s Book Review Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers by Julie Cole & Sharon Czachor Rating 5 stars = Shiny! Description A sewing manual that is anything but basic! While expensive, this book is worth every penny if you’re an aspiring … Continue reading

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