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Victorian Fashions : A Complete Lady's Wardrobe

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Imported custom-made clothes were usually beyond the financial reach of the average middle-class American woman of a century ago; and store-bought garments were often of inferior quality. This left many women with the options of making their own clothes or hiring a seamstress. While a number of economy-minded women did sew simple housedresses, and clothing for their children, many took favorite fashion plates to a dressmaker who would often consult patterns in a magazine such as The Voice of Fashion. This book, compiled by costume authority Kristina Harris, painstakingly reprints a rich selection of scaled dressmakers' patterns of the 1890s, taken from rare issues of that popular, late-19th century dressmaker's journal. Featuring such fashion elements as leg-o'-mutton sleeves, high-collared necklines, long skirts, and pinched waistlines, the collection includes nearly 500 patterns and illustrations detailing 50 garments for women. Every wardrobe necessity for the Victorian lady is covered -- from nightgowns and wrappers for boudoir and breakfast, a riding habit and tennis outfit, to walking dresses for town and visiting, elegant dinner dresses, and elaborate evening gowns. An introduction and brief instruction for using the patterns are also included in a volume that will not only find practical use among costume designers and students of fashion history, but will also delight browsers, Victorian enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the evolution of clothing styles. 498 illustrations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 226.06 x 297.18 x 10.16mm | 430.91g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486407217
  • 9780486407210
  • 77,367

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION GENERAL DIRECTIONS MISSES' WRAPPER. Summer 1893 LADIES' TEA GOWN. Spring 1893 LADIES' DRAWERS. Fall 1890 LADIES' DRAWERS. Spring 1893 LADIES' DRAWERS. Spring 1895 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Fall 1890 YOUNG MISSES' STREET COSTUME. Fall 1890 STREET COSTUME. Fall 1890 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Winter 1890-91 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1891 YOUNG MISSES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1891 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1893 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1893 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1893 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Summer 1893 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Summer 1893 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Summer 1893 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Summer 1893 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1894 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1894 MISSES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1894 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1894 LADIES' STREET GOWN Spring 1894 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1895 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1895 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Spring 1895 LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Winter 1896 LADIES' MELON SLEEVE LADIES' STREET COSTUME. Winter 1896 LADIES' COSTUME. Fall 1890 LADIES' PLAIN SKIRT. LADIES' COSTUME. Fall 1890 LADIES' COSTUME. Winter 1890-91 LADIES' EMPIRE GOWN. Spring 1893 LADIES' COSTUME. Summer 1893 LADIES' COSTUME. Summer 1893 LADIES' COSTUME. Spring 1894 LADIES' COSTUME Spring 1895 LADIES' HOUSE DRESS. Spring 1895 YOUNG LADIES' HOUSE DRESS. Spring 1895 LADIES' COSTUME. Spring 1895 LADIES' UMBRELLA SKIRT LADIES' COSTUME. Winter 1896 LADIES' COSTUME. Winter 1896 STOUT LADIES' PRINCESS. Winter 1896 LADIES' TIGHT-FITTING JACKET. Winter 1890-91 LADIES' HUNTER'S JACKET. Spring 1895 TENNIS COSTUME. Fall 1890 RIDING HABIT. Spring 1891 YOUNG LADIES' EVENING COSTUME. Spring 1891 LADIES' EVENING GOWN. Spring 1894 LADIES' SACK NIGHTDRESS. Winter 1890-91 LADIES' NIGHT GOWN. Spring 1893show more

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