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The Tailor and Cutter and London Art Journal

The Tailor and Cutter and London Art Journal: An Index of Cutting, Fashion and Trade

1890

Another tailoring book, but totally packed with diagrams of fantastic quality.

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Ladies cutting made easy

Ladies cutting made easy

1885

Beautiful plates, including braid layouts.

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record of fashion

The Weekly record of fashion

1882

Beautiful plates.

The Monthly record of fashion, volume 7 1883

The Monthly record of fashion, volume 8 1883

The Monthly record of fashion, volume 9 1884

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Cutting Out and Dressmaking

Cutting Out and Dressmaking

1879

And yet another drafting manual being slightly old fashioned.

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The Art of Dressmaking

The Art of Dressmaking

1895

What a clever and distinct publication! The garments are photographed and are clearly scale miniatures.

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The Complete Dressmaker for the Million

The Complete Dressmaker for the Million

1875

Once again very old fashioned shapes for the era.

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A Concise Treatise on Ladies and Misses’ Tight-fitting Garments

A Concise Treatise on Ladies and Misses’ Tight-fitting Garments

1886

And the tradition of drafting books appearing several years older than pattern sketches.

However this is great as this book deals with basically natural form shapes!

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sylvia’s home journal

Sylvia’s Home Journal

1879

The full pattern is not available, but it is interesting to see the difference in how ready made patterns are drawn at this time compared to how drafting blocks are drawn.

Drafting blocks are generally still very heavily 1860s in shape whiles these pattern sketches tend to show the very long line of the era.

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another dress making book

How to dress well on a shilling a day: a ladies’guide to home dressmaking and millinery.

Highly recommended for the text as it describes the order of sewing and how to. That paragraph on the “bulgarian fold” is really amazing! At least for coming out and stating that the “peacock” style train is impossible to self arrange! Which is something I have trying to get across when getting photos of my gowns with trains- they need a wrangler to look good!

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princesse dress source!

The World of fashion and continental feuilletons (1879-1880)

I have seen this in Patterns of Fashion 2 for years so it’s nice to be able to put it in context!

There is also a skirt pattern that shows the top and tailing cutting layout but also the curved upper section for fitting over the hips!

And this section is repeated a few times, handy for those who were collecting the magazines by month!

Plate 178 has a style I love, the self trimmed gown, the vertical folds at the neck.

Maybe I can do this with my princesse petticoat? It would make it so very much more useful!

There are other columes online too!

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