A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The Home Dressmaking Fashion Revolution (Arden Shakespeare Library)
Sewing patterns have been the main blueprint for making garments in the house for centuries. From their origins within the tailoring manuals of the 16th century to the generally produced pamphlets of the 18th and 19th centuries, through to the whole size packet patterns of nowadays, their history and development has reflected major changes in technology (such as the advent of the stitching machine), retailing and marketing practices (the trend periodical), and shifts in social and cultural influences.
This accessible book explores this history, outlining innovations in patternmaking by the companies who produced patterns and how these reflected the fashions and demands of the market.
Showcasing beautiful illustrations from original pattern pamphlets, packets and ads, in addition to 9 complete patterns from which readers can reproduce vintage garments of different eras, the book provides a unique visual guide to homemade fashions in addition to crucial exploration of the industry that produced them.
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