Costume and Textile Book Reviews

Looking for a book? Here are some that I've reviewed. I started doing these because historic costume reference books are a slightly niche market--containing everything from dense scholarly works to un-sourced popular titles--and you can't always browse them at the library or local book store.

Books are listed in approximate chronological order.

Clothing/Pattern-making

The Medieval Tailor's Assistant by Sarah Thursfield
The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress by Ninya Mikhaila & Jane Malcolm-Davies
Creating Historical Clothes: Pattern Cutting for the 16th to 19th Centuries by Elizabeth Friendship
Period Costumes for Stage and Screen, 1500-1800 by Jean Hunnisett
Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques by Jill Salen (covers c.1750-1917)
The Dressmaker's Guide by Elizabeth Stewart Clark (covers c.1840-1865)
From Field to Fashion by Anna Worden Bauersmith (mid-19th century)
Paisley, Plaid and Purled by Anna Worden Bauersmith (mid-19th century)

Textiles and Prints

Textiles in America, 1650-1870 by Florence M. Montgomery
Dating Fabrics, A Color Guide 1800-1960 by Eileen Jahnke Trestain

Quilts

Facts and Fabrications by Barbara Brackman.
Quilts from the Civil War by Barbara Brackman
Civil War Quilts by Pam Weeks and Don Beld
Civil War Sampler by Barbara Brackman
The Civil War Diary Quilt by Rosemary Youngs
Encyclopedia of Applique by Barbara Brackman
Patterns of Progress by Barbara Brackman

Sewing Accessories

Fanciful Utility by Anna Worden Bauersmith (mid-19th century)

Other Books

How To Be A Victorian by Ruth Goodman
How To Be A Tudor by Ruth Goodman
Civil War Women by Barbara Brackman
The Dress Detective: A Practical Guide to Object-Based Research In Fashion by Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim
How To Read A Dress by Lydia Edwards

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