Monday, September 6, 2010

Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion and Sneak Preview

About a month ago, I bought two books on Amazon, and recently I finally got them.

So, Starting of with Patterns of Fashion 1, I took some pictures from a couple of the pages (not of the patterns, but of the illustrations). The illustrations are gorgeous.
So here are some of the examples of projects in the 1st book (which are patterns from 1660 to 1860). The left one is similar to a robe that was worn in Sense and Sensibility. The right one is called a polonaise which was worn during the 1700's.

 Also included was the evolution of dress from 1660 to 1860. I really liked this, however there is not a similar page in Patterns of Fashion 2.

Now, onto Patterns of Fashion 2, which features patterns of dresses from 1860 to 1940.
The top picture I just love! I would make that dress for even a formal occasion and is from the early 1900's. The bottom picture is an assortment of dress from the 1870's (notice the bustles in the back).

While Patterns of Fashion 2 did not have the evolution of dresses from 1860 to 1940, they did have drawings from fashion magazines and pictures of patterns from fashion magazines. Some of the pictures one would recognize were from Vogue.

So, that's a taste of the books that I got in the mail. I have a couple of projects piled right now, so I hope that I'll be able to work with these books soon.

And I promised you a sneak preview! I have started on a new project not too long ago.

Any one want to take a guess? I'll give you a hint: it's for a special, family occasion!

Until next time!


  1. Is the illustration of the 1770s gown (front closure, right of the Sense and Sensibility gown) an actual pattern featured in the book?

    1. Yes, it's one of the patterns featured in Patterns of Fashion I.


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