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Couture Bridalwear Pattern Layout and Design Margot Arendse Comprehensive guide to making your own couture bridalwear. Step by step diagrams, photographs and detailed instructions £35.00 Add
The Tudor Tailor Reconstructing sixteenth century dress Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies An essential sourcebook for accurately reconstructing clothing from the 16th century concentrating on the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I (1509-1603). Superbly illustrated throughout. 160pp. £19.99 Add
The Vogue Sewing Book
Revised Metric Edition. Superb professional guide to making tailored clothes. Now includes menswear. Well illustrated. 464pp. £12.00 Add
Costume - The Journal of the Costume Society No 15
Comprised of articles by authoritative costume historians. Includes Tailor to Kings 1470-1504, Two 16th Century Tailors, the Printed Shawl in Scotland, Bermans and Nathans etc. Many black and white illustrations. 100pp. £12.00 Add
Macchine Per Cucire - Sewing Machines Carla Leoni Unique survey of sewing machines from the 1870's. Very well illustrated in colour throughout. Text in Italian and English. 141pp. Very good. £18.00 Add
Metric Pattern Cutting Winifred Aldrich A unique completely metric method for designing beautiful clothes. Fully updated and extended. Profusely illustrated with line drawings. 160pp. Inscription on FEP. £25.00 Add
Grandmother's Hope Chest - French Sewing by Machine Martha Campbell Pullen Superbly illustrated detailed guide that includes Smocking Shadowwork Embroidery etc. 352pp. £18.00 Add
Lingerie Design on the Stand Dawn Cloake Designs for underwear and nightwear. Well illustrated with line drawings. 96pp. £25.00 Add
Fashion Design on the Stand Dawn Cloake Practical guide to a modern technique used in dressmaking. Many Line illustrations. 96pp. £22.00 Add
Dress Fitting Natalie Bray 2nd Edition metric. Basic Principles and Practice. Many line illustrations in this authoritative guide. 112pp. Sl. crush on top edge of spine. Edges, FEP and BEP sl. aged. Contents good to very good. £48.00 Add
Federalist & Regency Costume 1790 - 1819 R.L.Shep Primary Source Materials that include descriptions and patterns for men and women. Fashion News and Illustrations from contemporary magazines. Uniforms. Embroidery Patterns. Ladies Riding Habits. Childrens Clothing etc. 217pp. Bib. Very slight bump on corner. £68.00 Add
Tailoring of the Belle Epoque W.D.F. Vincent Vincent's System of Cutting all kinds of tailor made Garments1903. Revised Edition. Five parts in One Volume. Embellished with additional Illustrations. 418 Patterns including those for men and women, servants, uniforms etc. Plus biographical notes on W.D.F.Vincent. £120.00 Add
Making Kimono and Japanese Clothes Jenni Dobson Unique practical guide very well illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs. 128pp. Price clipped. £24.00 Add
Shirts and Men's Haberdashery 1840s to 1920s R.L.Shep and Gail Cariou Patterns Styles and History. Includes all types of shirts and workwear. 252pp. Corners and all edges sl. scruffy. Main contents clean to good. Signature on FEP. £120.00 Add
The Handbook of Practical Cutting on the Centre Point System 1866 Louis Devere Revised and Enlarged Edition. Men's Clothing of the Mid Victorian period, the US Civil War era and the Empire of Napoleon III. Practical cutting guide. Well illustrated. Over 130pp. Covers faded. Contents good. £210.00 Add
Henry Poole - Founders of Saville Row Stephen Howarth A study of the history of Henry Poole, one of the founders of Saville Row and how they became a legendary company. Price clipped. 159pp. £12.00 Add
Tailor's Pattern Book 1589 Juan de Alcega Rare collection of 135 tailoring patterns originally published in 1589, this information is unique since Alcega (a master tailor) was the first to publish the secrets of the trade. With full English translation. Small marks on cover. 66pp. £185.00 Add
Le Tailleur: Un Vetement-Message Xavier Chaumette Text in French. 'The Tailor: Message of Clothing' A study of French women's tailoring and the story it tells. Illust. V good copy. 111pp £20.00 Add
Silk Unraveled Lorna Moffat A stunning full colour book with 14 projects giving experiments in tearing, fusing, layering and stitching silk. Illust. Corners have sl. wear. 143pp £7.00 Add
ViewThrough the Eye of a Needle H. E. Blyth The story of the English Sewing Cotton Company. Includes original letter signed by the chairman as celebration of 50 years of the company. Illust. DJ sl. grubby and foxing on end papers but otherwise good condition. 111pp £32.00 Add
Easy Sewing: The Kwik-Sew Way Kerstin Martensson Includes patterns for knit tops, blouses, skirts and pants in sizes XS-S-M-L-XL. Illust. Edges and cover sl. grubby/tatty but contents clean and all patterns present. 88pp £15.00 Add
Tailoring for Women Gertrude Mason A text-book for the class-room and the home on the cutting and making of women's coats in professional style. Illust. Bookplate inside front cover, private inscription, edges sl. grubby and v. sl. foxing to some pages, clean overall. 181pp £25.00 Add
Making Smart Clothes - First Edition 1931 Grace C. Dimelow Modern methods in cutting, fitting and finishing for smart women's clothes. Illust. Cover sl. tatty and discoloured and edges grubby but contents clean. 128pp £75.00 Add
Garment Technology for Fashion Designers Gerry Cooklin This handbook provides students and professionals with a basic and practical understanding of garment technology. Illust. Cover has sl. wear but contents clean. 152pp £80.00 Add
Modern Pattern Design Harriet Pepin The complete guide to the creation of patterns as a means of designing smart wearing apparel. Illust. Cover and edges grubby, end papers tanned and private book plate on front end paper. 253pp £90.00 Add
Pattern Drafting & Grading: Women's and Misses' Garment Design (Revised Edtn) M. Rohr Modern methods in cutting, fitting and finishing for smart women's clothes. Illust. Edges have sl. damage and cover grubby but contents clean. 113pp £102.00 Add
Pattern Drafting for Dressmaking Pamela Stringer An easy-to-use, do-it-yourself guide for everyone who wants to learn how to make patterns for individual clothing designs. Illust. Cover has some wear and edges sl. grubby. 184pp £45.00 Add
Pattern Drafting and Dress Designing Albert Friedmann A practical textbook of instruction for designing working patterns for all types of made-to-measure garments for ladies and girls. Illust. Cover and edges v. grubby and sl. foxing to end papers but contents clean. Private inscription inside front cover. 160pp £148.00 Add
Grading for the Fashion Industry: the theory and practice Patrick J. Taylor & Martin M. Shoben A practical reference book for students, teachers and professionals dealing with one of the major problems of the clothing industry, that of grading and sizing. Illust. Edges grubby and cover sl. creased. 288pp £35.00 Add
The Wish Booklet Volume III: Fashions 1871-1875 Susan Sirkis A collection of tailoring patterns for clothes and accessories to fit dolls 11"-13" tall, specifically womens fashions 1871-1975. Illust. Cover v. sl. worn/grubby from storage but generally v. clean. 45pp £40.00 Add
ViewThe Wish Booklet Volume IV: First Lady Fashions 1789-1865 Susan Sirkis A collection of tailoring patterns for clothes and accessories to fit dolls 11"-13" tall, specifically fashions of the USA first ladies 1789-1865. Illust. Cover v. sl. worn/grubby from storage but generally v. clean. 46pp £20.00 Add
The Wish Booklet Volume XV: Fashions 1806-1810 Susan Sirkis A collection of tailoring patterns for clothes and accessories to fit dolls 11"-13" tall, specifically women's fashions 1806-1810. Illust. Cover v. sl. worn/grubby from storage but generally v. clean. 46pp £45.00 Add
The Wish Booklet Volume XVIII: Fashions 1853-1858 Susan Sirkis A collection of tailoring patterns for clothes and accessories to fit dolls 11"-13" tall, specifically women's fashions 1853-1858. Illust. Cover v. sl. worn/grubby from storage but generally v. clean. 38pp £12.00 Add
Making Latex Clothes Sian-Kate Mooney This is the first practical book that shows dressmakers how to make the most of this innovative material by a leading maker of latex clothes. Illust. V. sl. crease in corner of cover. 112pp £65.00 Add
Fashion Design Drawing and Presentation Patrick John Ireland All aspects of fashion illustration are covered in this essential reference, it also deals with faces and hairstyles, and details such as collars, sleeves and pleats with a wide variety of materials. Illust. Price clipped, clean copy. 120pp £120.00 Add
The Pictorial Guide to Modern Home Dressmaking Catherine Franks A book that deals very thoroughly with the craft of dressmaking and its branches - simple tailoring, millinery and lingerie on a budget and within ones own home. Illust. Edges and cover grubby but contents clean. 320pp £20.00 Add
Accent on Accessories - First Edition Dora Shackell A clear guide to making fashionable and attractive accessories in your own home. Scarce book. Illust. DJ sl. torn and price clipped, end papers tanned but contents v. clean. 120pp £25.00 Add
ViewAdvanced Practical Designing for Men's Clothing A. G. Chaudhry A comprehensive look at new, liberal attitudes to men's styling with a combination of drafts and written instructions to creating modern, fashionable pieces. Illust. DJ is tatty and worn but contents are clean. 131pp. Extremely Scarce. £195.00 Add
ViewDesigning and Cutting Modern Leisure & Cotton Garments for Men A. G. Chaudhry A compilation of drafts which will be of interest to wholesale designers, bespoke cutters and students of tailoring, showing modern leisure clothing for men. Illust. DJ is tatty and torn but contents are clean. 115pp £140.00 Add
Basic Pattern Cutting Maria Mori A simple book providing methods for pattern cutting, readily followed by the beginner but also useful as a foundation for more experienced dressmaker. Illust. DJ faded on spine, top edge sl. grubby and price clipped. 160pp £25.00 Add
Modelling and Flat Cutting for Fashion - from design to pattern Helen Stanley A basic course in modelling and flat pattern cutting, presenting a range and variety of methods with an emohasis on practicality. Illust. DJ sl worn and faded on spine, price clipped and edges grubby but contents clean. 180pp £95.00 Add
ViewThe Art of Fitting Ladies' Garments F. Whitworth Green A comprehensive selection of ladies tailoring considered as one of the most useful and practical contributions to the trade's technical literature. Illust. DJ is tatty and title page and last page are tanned but otherwise clean. 58pp £90.00 Add
ViewEssentials of Pattern Drafting and Modelling Dora Seton & Winifred Parker Clear instructions and large scale diagrams show in detail the drafting of all basic blocks and their adaption to varying styles. Illust. DJ is in poor condition but contents are clean. 88pp. Scarce First Edition. £32.00 Add
ViewDesigning and Cutting Ladies' Garments A. A. Whife This work deals with the basic principles of designing, drafting and cutting patterns for ladies' tailor-made garments. Illust. DJ sl. tatty at edges, page edges sl. grubby and creased in top corner. Contents are generally v. clean. 132pp £130.00 Add
ViewOrganization, Management and Technology in the Manufacture of Men's Clothing Martin E. Popkin Offering comprehensive knowledge of the various departments that have to do with the production of clothing and its physical handling. Illust. Cover has sl. wear to corners and edges are grubby but otherwise a clean copy. 415pp £80.00 Add
ViewDressmaking Unique Esther Lindeque A complete course in cutting and designing ladies' dress covering every minute detail possible. Illust. Very scarce book. Edges and cover sl. grubby and small crease in bottom corner but generally v. clean. 164pp £98.00 Add
ViewMaking Clothes for Children (Every Mothers practical guide) Agnes M. Miall A guide to dressmaking for mothers making their children's clothing, offering a guide for girls and boys from babys to young men and women. Illust. V. sl. wear to cover and edges v. sl. grubby but generally v. clean. 182pp £38.00 Add
ViewFundamentals of Dress Construction Sibylla Manning & Anna M. Donaldson Providing an organised guide to dress construction so that each step receives due emphasis and attention. Illust. Cover sl. worn, edges grubby and front end paper has private inscription. Generally clean copy. 223pp £40.00 Add
ViewDressmaking and Dress Design Bernard del Monte A practical guide for amateurs on cutting, making and altering clothes at home. Illust. DJ is v. grubby but contents are clean. 82pp £45.00 Add
ViewBasic Shapes: Tunic/Dress Lydia Pickering and Patrick Taylor This book presents to the beginner the simple principle of pattern cutting. Illust. Good condition. 20pp £12.00 Add
ViewProcess for Garment-making and Simple Upholstery with a Supplement on School Knitting K. A. Voller Revised and enlarged 5th edn. Offering a selection of patterns for tailoring, sewing and knitting for both school and home use. Illust. Very clean, one small mark on cover and edges v. sl. grubby. £8.50 Add
ViewThe "ABC" of Cutting and Making Garments for Every-day Needs (1913 1st Edtn) Betsy L. Blackmore A practical manual showing how to draw the pattern, place it on a specified length of material, cut out and make the garments in the simplest possible manner. Illust. Very scarce book. V. clean but cover, edges and end papers grubby. 222pp £95.00 Add
ViewFitting Men's Ready-To-Wear Clothes Joseph Marcus A manual for salesmen and fitters. Includes a glossary of tailoring terms and expressions. Illust. V. clean copy. 118pp £45.00 Add
ViewThe Art of Cutting and English Costume Edward B. Giles The history of the art of cutting in England, preceded by a sketch of the history of English costumes. Illust. Very scarce book. Cover sl. curling and edges sl. grubby. 192pp £38.00 Add
Late Victorian Women's Tailoring: The Direct System of Ladies' Cutting (1897) T. H. Holding 3rd facsimilie edn showing patterns and instructions for jackets, skirts, coats and capes as well as accessories. Illust. Clean copy. 192pp £25.00 Add
Women's Costume 1877-1885: The Complete Dress & Cloak Cutter Charles Hecklinger Revised and enlarged edtn, combining the 1880 and 1883 edtns. A collection of Victorian cutting diagrams and fashion illustrations. Illust. Sticker on back and cover has sl. wear from storage. 212pp £45.00 Add
Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear Winifred Aldrich A simple but comprehensive book, featuring basic menswear designs that are easily adapted for the more creatively minded tailor. Illust. Cover and edges v. sl. grubby but contents clean. 128pp £18.00 Add
Learning to Sew Barbara Snook A classic needlework beginners book, a reprint of the 1962 edition, containing basic processes and equipment through to working diagrams for making a wide variety of household objects. Illust. Cover sl. grubby. 127pp £12.50 Add
ViewModern Sizing and Pattern Making for Women's and Children's Garments Philip Kunick A highly authoritative study of pattern-making and garment sizing based on a life-time of experience and relentless quest for perfection. Illust. DJ sl. grubby/tatty but contents v. good. 178pp £125.00 Add
Civil War Ladies: Fashions and Needle-Arts of the Early 1860's R. L. Shep (Editor) A selection of primary source material from Peterson's Magazine 1861 and 1864 showing fashion illustrations, cutting patterns and embroidery etc. Illust. Cover is curling but contents v. clean. 348pp £18.00 Add
Singer: Fashion Tailoring Jessie Hutton If you have some sewing experience and want to learn fine custom tailoring techniques, this book is for you. Illust. Cover sl. faded/tatty but contents clean. 179pp £10.00 Add
ViewThe Vogue Sewing Book of Fitting Adjustments & Alterations Patricia Perry (Editor) A practical easy-to-follow book with special techniques that professional seamstresses and fashion designers use to achieve a smooth, elegant fit every time. Illust. DJ in poor condition and edges grubby but contents clean. 190pp £15.00 Add
ViewEssentials of Modern Dressmaking Dora Seton and Winifred Parker Secrets of the 'professional touch in home dressmaking' are revealed in this book by experts with a wide knowledge of the methods of the haute couture. Illust. DJ is tatty and sl. torn, edges are grubby and private inscription on front end paper. 106pp £12.00 Add
ViewCutting Out for Student Teachers Amy K. Smith A collection of instructions and patterns for tailoring, intended for use by al teachers and students of the subject. Illust. Cover, edges and end papers grubby and private inscription on title page but otherwise contents v. clean. 256pp £45.00 Add
Shirtmaking - Developing Skills for Fine Sewing David Page Coffin Providing sewers with the definitive resource on the fine art of making shirts. Illust. Minor marks on cover from storage. 173pp £14.00 Add
ViewNeedlework Without Specimens - 1915 Edn E. P. and C. A. Claydon A clear and detailed guide to modern (1915) school needlework, written by two headteachers. Illust. Ex libris with grubby end papers and edges but generally v. clean for age. 237pp £32.00 Add
ViewThe Theory of Garment-Pattern Making W. H. Hulme A textbook for clothing designers, teachers of clothing technology and senior students. Illust. Spine faded, cover and edges grubby, contents clean. 136pp £18.00 Add
ViewPattern Making for Dressmaking and Needlework WALLBANK . E.& M. Wallbank Providing a reliable and useful book for teachers and students of tailoring with 'proportianate' patterns. Illust. End papers tanned, edges and cover sl. grubby/worn but otherwise clean. 54pp £25.00 Add
ViewConstructive Pattern Making Gertrude Fearnside A practical textbook for cutting patterns for elementary and secondary schools and for the use of teachers. Illust. Cover and edges are grubby, corners sl. creased and private inscription on front end paper. 71pp £28.00 Add
ViewSchool and Fireside Crafts Ann Macbeth and May Spence This little book aims at helping the teachers and the parents, and those interested in guild and clubs, to teach the new generation traditional arts and crafts. Illust. Cover sl. worn and edges and end papers grubby. 106pp £16.00 Add
ViewPattern Making and Cutting Out Mrs E. Griffith A practical book, providing teachers and students with guidance to cutting garments in a successful and satisfactory manner. Illust. Edges and cover sl. grubby, end papers foxed, otherwise clean. 107pp £25.00 Add
ViewThe 'Haslam' Practical Guide to Dressmaking & Tailoring G. A. & F. A. Haslam A reliable and easy guide to dress/coat/pocket/buttonhole making as well as a guide to children's garments and embroidery. Illust. Sl. damage to spine, cover and edges grubby, contents clean. 77pp £25.00 Add
ViewThe Complete Book of Sewing Constance Talbot A complete, practical self-instruction guide and easy reference book which shows you how to mend, sew and make clothing, furniture covers and hundred of other items. Illust. End papers and edges grubby, DJ is poor. 319pp £12.00 Add
The Modern Tailor Outfitter and Clothier - 3 Volumes complete A. A. Whife (Editor) Full 3 volume set. Considered one of the finest text-books for the clothing trade, offering technical, practical and commercial studies of tailoring. Illust. Covers and edges are grubby and corners have some wear, but all books are in generally v. good condition. 321/277/364pp £325.00 Add
Uniting the Tailors Anne J. Kershen This book compares and contrasts the growth of the tailoring industry in London and Leeds and evaluates the contribution of Jewish immigrants. Illust. Clean copy. 226pp £25.00 Add
Sweated Industries and Sweated Labor James A. Schmiechen A history of the London clothing trades 1860-1914 and their use of sweatshops. llust. Clean copy. 209pp £12.50 Add
Needlework Economies Flora Klickmann (Editor) A book of making and mending with oddments and scraps. llust. Cover and edges grubby and private inscription on title page but otherwise clean. 114pp £25.00 Add
ViewLongman's Complete Course of Needlework, Knitting and Cutting-Out (1911, 1st Edtn) Miss T. M. James New impression of the 1st edition. A comprehensive text on needlework, knitting and tailoring from many years of practical experience from the author. llust. Spine is heavily worn and edges and cover grubby but contents are v. clean barring title and last pages. 451pp £75.00 Add
War-Time Needlework Daily Express A complete guide to thrifty sewing and knitting. llust. Whole book sl. tanned, particularly edges and DJ in poor condition but contents generally clean. 183pp £16.00 Add
Grading techniques for fashion design Jeanne Price and Bernard Zamkoff Revised edition of the industry standard for the basic operations of hand grading. Authoritative practical guide with many line drawings. 222pp. £85.00 Add
Fundamentals of Apparel Design Harriet Pepin Authoritative guide with line drawings and black and white photographs. 250pp.D/J sl. worn and torn. contents clean to good. £75.00 Add
Making Simple Clothes Ida Hamre and Hanne Meedom The structure and development of clothes from other cultures. Many L/Ds for making clothes plus other black and white illustrations. 115pp. £22.00 Add
Sizing, Pattern Construction and Grading for women's and children's garments P.Kunick Standard textbook for the clothing Industry. Detailed authoritative study. Numerous illustations, diagrams and tables. 168pp. £70.00 Add
Practical Dress Design Mabel D Erwin Principles of fitting and pattern making. Detailed practical guide with many L/ dsdgPrelims and egdes aged. Contents clean to good. 470pp. £80.00 Add
ViewDraping Women's and Misses' Garment Design M. Rohr Very scarce reprint of a unique tailoring work. Many pattern drafts. 24pp. Paper covers. Small 1/2 inch tear to front cover. £60.00 Add
Men's Custom Tailored Pants Stanley Hostek Authoritative guide with many pattern drafts. 43pp. £48.00 Add
Men's Custom Tailored Coats Stanley Hostek Authoritative guide with many pattern drafts. 233pp. £45.00 Add
Hand Stitches for the Fine Custom Tailored Garment Stanley Hostek Unique authoritative guide illustrated with LDs. 40pp. £65.00 Add
ViewThe Custom Shirt Book Men and Women's Dress Shirts for the Home Sewer David Page Coffin Detailed authoritative guide illustrated with L/Ds. £80.00 Add
Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear Winifred Aldrich Authoritative detailed guide superbly illustrated with drafting patterns throughout. 143pp. Small inscription on FEP. £20.00 Add
Making Georgian and Regency Costumes for Women Lindsey Holmes A practical guide to creating authentic-looking Georgian and Regency Styles for women. Detailed patterns, step by step instructions and colour photographs. 160pp. £25.00 Add
Making Victorian Costumes for Women Heather Audin A practical guide to creating authentic-looking Victorian styles for women. Step by step instructions and photographs showing how to construct the pattern. 143pp. £25.00 Add