A Manual of Home-Making

A Manual of Home-Making

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...well dressed the woman who makes her own garments must depend largely on familiarity with the principles of design, a critical, discriminating, and thoughtful attitude toward clothing, common sense, skill in the manipulation of fabrics, in draping, or in cutting cloth by a pattern, and knowledge of the best equipment to be used. "Right dress is, therefore, that which is fit for the station in life, and the work to be done in it, and which is otherwise graceful, becoming, lasting, healthful and easy; on occasion splendid; always as beautiful as possible." Dictates of fashion too often outweigh one's good judgment, which in this case should have as a background the principles of design. Clothing should interpret the personality of the wearer and emphasize pleasing elements of face or figure rather than exhibit the prevailing fashion, which often exaggerates deficiencies instead of concealing them. No costume can be artistic or picturesque, although it may be considered fashionable, if it perverts the natural lines of the figure. In good design it is generally possible to emphasize the good points or lines of the figure and to make the less desirable lines inconspicuous. This necessitates careful consideration of the silhouette. Simplicity in silhouette, in line, in the divisions of the costume made by line or dark and light, and in decoration, cannot be overestimated. The search for greater simplicity and for original detail are the two principles followed by the greatest designers. Of equal importance with line and the spaces formed by these lines is the study of color, texture--an extremely subtle surface quality of a fabric often confused with color--and dark and light values (pages 45 to 47). This is a problem for each individual; it...
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533836
  • 9781236533838