Overload on beautiful Books

The days after Christmas I treated myself to some costuming books.

And today they arrived!
IMG_496310,5 kg of costuming happiness!

From left to right:

In Fine Style – the Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion
 by Anna Reynolds
IMG_4980IMG_4981I just found this book this winter and I don’t regret for a second my impulse to get it.
Its a real candy book with lots and lots of gorgeous photos of existing garments and paintings with lovely close-ups of details.

Fashion – a History from 18th century to 20th century (part 2 1900s to 2000s)
by Kyoto Institute of Fashion.IMG_4972 IMG_4973This book series is classic for a reason. The beautiful pictures and the sheer size of the volumes are all reason you need to love it.

Fashion – a History from 18th century to 20th century (part 1 1700s to 1900s)
by Kyoto Institute of Fashion.

IMG_4969 IMG_4971If you ever searched the internet for costume inspiration, you’r sure to have encountered several of the pics in this book. They are simply breath taking, and the book is a real treasure to study closely or to just flip through for inspiration.

The Victorian Tailor – Techniques and pattern
by Jason Maclochlainn
IMG_4977 IMG_4979I’ve heard it said that if you only need one book about historic/Victorian tailoring, it is this one.
I can’t wait to really get in dept into this book, and hopes to be able to try some of the techniques in the near future.

The queens servants – Gentlewomen’s dress at the accession of Henry VIII
by Caroline Johnson
IMG_4974 IMG_4975Since I love “The Tudor Tailor” I expect this close-up on women’s servants to be great.
So far I’ve seen some interesting dress styles and lots of information about cut and colors.

Elizabethan Costume – Design and Construction
by Helen Qizhi Huang, Kelsey Hunt and Emily Hoem
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Considering I own and love the other three books in this costume series, I’m not that thrilled.
There seems to be some interesting stuff about construction and fabrics, but at a first gimps I’d expected more. Not to say that it won’t grow on me later on.


Now you might excuse me while I disappear in to theses goodies for about a month….

Another pile of Books and Patterns

In the beginning of august every year, one of our nearby towns host a big market (and when I say big I mean huge).
Even though they almost exclusively sell trash and junk, I’m always happy to go.

This year my favourite stall with lots of great sewing stuff had been replaced by a rock t-shirt stall (bummer). But I did manadged to came away with some new sewing bits which I got really cheap at a “10kr store” (like a 2 dollar store) anyway.IMG_1575I got some thread in assorted colors.

IMG_1574lots of long pins – love the size of these, even though I always discard the wheels (who ever would keep their pins in such  an order as to put them back in the little slots?).

IMG_1576Some new needles for my sewing machine.

IMG_1577And which costumer can ever do without safety pins.

IMG_1572I also got this little sewing package just for fun, and because the buttons are worth more then I payed for the whole thing.

I also got some new shawls.IMG_1571A lovely golden/taupe and white square one.

IMG_1569And a burgundy/gold thin butt long shawl which will be perfect for both regency and Victorian.

I found his belt in a second-hand store just the other day.IMG_1561
It closes with ties in the back and have a lovely pattern of little paisley swirls.IMG_1560This will be perfect for dressing up one of my old gowns for a party in a few weeks.

 I have also bought some  ore old patterns from the internet.

Simplicity 2772.IMG_1565I originally planed to use this pattern for the same event I mentioned above, but now I think I will stick with my old gown.

Simplicity 5041.IMG_1568A child’s pattern for making lovely masquerade dresses.

Simplicity 4400.IMG_1567The shape look Victorian but I also get some Elizabethan wibes from this pattern.

Simplicity 4156.IMG_1566I first saw this pattern on a blog a few weeks ago, and when I found it online for a bargain I snatched it up.

I also got another “Allers Mönstertidning”, this one from 1936.
Unfortunately the seller called me a few days after and told me the magazine had torn when packing, and could she send me two of her other ones instead?
Well yes of course she could.

So I got this Christmasy edition from 1937.

And this autumn looking edition from the same year.

She even throw in two sewing instruction “books”.IMG_1553Matelassé – the word for decorating cording.

And one about “Hålsöm” (sorry, I don’t know the English word).IMG_1551But it is a way to decorate garments and finish edges, crating spaces in the fabric.

IMG_1552Well I’m not complaining ;-).

But my spending spree don’t stop there.
This weekend me and my family visited the capital during the cultural festival, and just happened to stumble onto the biggest book market ever.

Of course I couldn’t resist some of the old costuming books I found. (It was a good thing the sellers didn’t take credit cards, that way I could only spend the small amount cash in my pocket).

I got this French book about fashion history.
I don’t understand a word, but the illustrations are beautiful.
And I really like the thought of some previous (french?) owner doing putting down notes besides the pictures. IMG_1536

My sister found this pretty “cafe table book” for me about the decadents of the 20s fashion.
IMG_1548IMG_1549Gorgeous pictures.

I also got this popular book by Nancy Bradfield.
IMG_1537The pictures are great and I would like to make just about everything depicted in this book.IMG_1539I did however get a surprise when opening the book.Inside lay a few things from some previous owner.IMG_1540Like this poster of medieval headwear.

And these two small books about paper costumes and fashion history.

But the most intriguing thing was these pieces of paper combined with the small folder about puppet theater.IMG_1543It leaves me with the conclusion that the person who left these thing in Bradfields book, was dong some kind of costuming for a dolls play. But was it just a mom wanting to delight her kids, or some one who actually costumed a real play performed to hordes of little children?
Guess we will newer know.

New Costuming books

As you might now by now, I’m a real sucker for costuming and fashion books. So when I recently had some money to spair I, spend them on my favourite online book store.

Here are the goddies I got this time.

Dress Design by: Talbot Hughes 
IMG_9683A new to me book, that contains lots of quick sketches of historic fashions and some  patterns.
At first glance I’m not particulary impressed, but I will have to get into it more in depth to give it a fair review.IMG_9684

Everyday Fashions of the Thirties by: Stella BlumIMG_9686I adore this book series (and own the voulmes on theens and twenties  since before), and it did not dissapoint. IMG_9688

Seventheenth-century Womens Dress Pattern part 1. by: Susan North & Jenny Tiramani.IMG_9689I finaly took the plunge and bought this book after at least a year of pining. And it is great – full of  pictures, patternsa and detailed skethes of lots of pretty and interesting costume pieces form this (for my part) un-discovered er.IMG_9690

Seventheenth-century Womens Dress Pattern part 2. by: Susan North & Jenny Tiramani.IMG_9694And while I was at it, I bought the second one too.IMG_9695

Reconstruction Era Fashions by: Frances GrimbleIMG_9700Already owning one of these big beauties I was suprised to discover this book was well past my expectaions. It contained so many and waried patterns and pictures of different items for the 1860s wardrobe.IMG_9701

Historic Costumes in Pictures by: Braun & schneiderIMG_9707
Perhaps you have encountered these types of books before – the ones that promises so many gorgeous drawings from all of costume history, but instead uses half of its pages for pre historic, military and national costumes. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some nice national costumes, but then maybe I could have bough a different book. There are however some lovely dawings of  both high and low fashions.IMG_9710

Creating Historical Clothes – Pattern Cutting from Tudor to Victorian Times by: Elizabeth FriendshipIMG_9704I own the mens version of this book and totaly adores it. And the womens version are just as great.
It is a pattern drafting book however, and recures you to have some knowledge of pattern drafting before hand.
IMG_9705And that was that.
Lets the summer reading begin…