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Classic Fashion Patterns of the 20th century

Make your own vintage clothing

Anne Tyrrell



ISBN: 9781906388515

Price: £ 20.00

Publication date: 1 March 2010

Category: Sewing & Dressmaking

Working from surviving garments and contemporary tailoring books and patterns, Anne Tyrrell has put together a pattern book of key 20th-century costumes with fascinating historical details on dress. A decade for each chapter, the book features garments such as war uniforms, a 1930s evening gown, a Teddy Boy outfit, a 1960s maxi coat and many more. Wonderful illustrations of period dress are accompanied by information on notable features, underwear and accessories for each period. Scale patterns follow for each outfit shown, complete with detailed notes on making up, using techniques appropriate to the period. A grid for enlargement of the pattern pieces is provided together with full instructions.

This is an essential book for any dressmaker interested in recreating period dress, especially film and theatre costume-makers, but also fashion designers looking for inspiration in authentic historical dress of the recent past.


Anne V. Tyrrell was a lecturer in charge of design and fashion at Coventry Technical College, and is also an experienced teacher of embroidery, textile art, tailoring and dressmaking. 



Packed with historical and vintage patterns from 1900-1970, this is a practical and inspiring pattern book, providing an essential reference for film and theatre costume-makers, fashion designers or anyone interested in recreating classic vintage fashions. Sew Today Magazine.