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Vintage Dress Patterns of the 20th Century

dressmaking from flapper dress to the mini skirt

Anne Tyrrell



ISBN: 9781849940450

Price: £ 20.00

Publication date: 1 August 2013

Category: Fashion

A stunning collection of the most iconic garments of the 20th century, these vintage patterns chart the 30 key garments that defined their era. The book features a range of historically accurate garments, including a 1920s flapper dress, a 1940s New Look skirt, a 1950s jive skirt, a 1970s maxi coat, and many more.

Wonderful illustrations and photographs of period dress are accompanied by practical 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 and fashionistas looking for authentic and individual vintage garments.


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.