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Creating Historical Clothes

Pattern cutting from Tudor to Victorian times

Elizabeth Friendship



ISBN: 9781849940481

Price: £ 24.00

Publication date: 2 October 2013

Category: Fashion

This stunning collection of period garments spans 400 years of fashion, from 1550 to 1900. Draft your own made-to-measure patterns to create perfectly fitted bodices, sleeves, skirts, trousers and much more.

This unique method of pattern cutting ensures that, regardless of differences between the historical garment and the modern wearer, the clothes will fit all shapes and sizes perfectly, and patterns can be drafted from illustrations or paintings where no original exists.

Easy-to-follow instructions for adapting the basic patterns enable the cutter to recreate any historical style, while simple illustrations and diagrams demonstrate how to emphasize the period elements and achieve the correct shapes. Lavishly illustrated with historical paintings and portraits, this practical book will both guide and inspire the reader throughout.


Elizabeth Friendship trained in Dress at St Martin’s School of Art and at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She was the Resident Designer and Head of Wardrobe at the Welsh National Opera Company before completing her teacher training and becoming Head of Theatre Design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she developed and teaches her unique method of drafting patterns for modern and historical clothes. She works on a freelance basis for a number of theatre and theatre-related companies and researches period and cultural costumes in her spare time. She lives in Raglan, Monmouthshire.