Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Making a List!

Miss Kristin checking in! On my other blog, I've started compiling a list of books that would be useful to me, and other newbie reenactors/sewers, and a great many of them will also be extremely helpful with this project. I've included a small selection that I feel will deal with exactly what we're doing as Crazy Concord Chicks. Take a look:
  • Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction c. 1660-1860 by Janet Arnold
  • Historic Dress in America 1607-1870 by Elisabeth McClellan
  • What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America by Linda Baumgarten
  • Who Was I? Creating a Living History Persona by Cathy Johnson
  • Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Patterns 1769-1790 by Linda Baumgarten and John Watson
  • Costume in Detail: Women's Dress 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield
  • The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing, Books I & II by a Lady
  • The Workman's Guide to Tailoring Stitches & Techniques by a Tailor (book 3 of the Plain Sewing series)
  • Swatches: A Guide to Choosing 21st Century Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing by Hallie Larkin
Am I missing anything? What would you add to this list?


  1. Whatever shall I wear, by Mara Riley, is the first book any newbie needs. It's almost a booklet, simple, inexpensive, and will start one off on the right foot, and help prevent expensive mistakes!

    I also find Fitting and Proper, by Sharon Burnston useful. I use Costume Close up and F&P the most!

    Another truly useful book is a collection of prints of Copley's paintings.
    Wendy and I have been poring over this book for much of our research! But, of course, you need to learn when to take paintings with a grain of salt! Artists do use tricks, and reuse gowns, and "classical" draperies, and fantasy clothing!

  2. You can't leave off Norah Waugh's Cut of Women's Clothes, 1600-1930! Her patterns are definitely a bit more difficult to use, there are hardly any directions at all, but the patterns could be paired with instructions for similar dresses in another book.

  3. The V&A books like "Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries" are interesting.