Costume and Living History 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.  Hopefully, my little descriptions will help you find a title to suit your needs, or suggest an interesting read.

Books are listed in approximate chronological order under each theme.

Making Clothing

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
The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking by Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox
Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques by Jill Salen (covers c.1750-1917)
The Dressmaker's Guide by Elizabeth Stewart Clark (covers c.1840-1865)

Garment Research

Historical Costumes of England, 1066-1968 by Nancy Bradfield
The Dress Detective by Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim
How To Read A Dress by Lydia Edwards
19th Century Fashion in Detail by Lucy Johnston
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


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)

History and Living History

How To Be A Victorian by Ruth Goodman
How To Be A Tudor by Ruth Goodman
Civil War Women by Barbara Brackman
Easy Street by Ann-Elizabeth Shapera
Living History: Effective Costumed Interpretation by David B. Allison

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting!