Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques
Dover Publications, 1998 - Antiques & Collectibles - 128 pages
This vintage how-to manual — the first modern American sewing book — provided turn-of-the-century seamstresses with clear instructions for altering patterns, hand-sewing stitches, and creating shirt-blouses, skirts, wedding and evening gowns, coats, maternity wear, undergarments, children's clothing and other apparel. Also details lost arts like boning a bodice, creating bust enhancers, more.
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The Correct Method of Altering Patterns
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