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Books: Techniques (Cutting and Sewing)

On this page we offer publications and packets on the business of cutting and sewing authentic costumes, whether by using modern pre-drawn patterns or by recreating the pattern design techniques of the past.

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The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing
Book I

This is a modern reference book for hand sewing basic stitches and starting a sewing basket. Stitches and techniques include proper sewing position, spaced back-stitch, plain hem, rolled hem, open-work hem, felled seam, French seam, plain or running gathers, whipped gathers, button-holes, eyelets using a stiletto, thread (Dorset) buttons using a button stick and tapestry needle, and an 18th century cross stitch alphabet. A valuable addition to any sewing kit!

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 5 1/2", 32 pages
$14.00

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The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing
Book II

A second volume of the reference book for authentic hand sewing of historical garments and household items, containing additional stitches and seam techniques, fastening on tape, fastening on hooks and eyes, gather attachments, making cloth covered buttons using button molds, making thread button using brass rings, gussets and re-enforcements, cord making with a lucet, and an additional 18th century alphabet for cross stitching. Excellent resource for the advanced hand sewer.

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 5 1/2" 32 pages
$14.00

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The Workman's Guide to Plain Sewing
Tailoring Stitches and Techniques

The third in the sewing book series covers numerous tailoring stitches, seam techniques and great finishing touches! Included are tailor's trade and tools, tailor's tack, stay stitching, stay tapes, prickstitch with several variations, bar tacks, attaching shanked buttons, hooks and eyes, and detailed instructions on 18th century style welt and flap pockets. A "must have" addition to your sewing book collection!

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 5 1/2" 32 pages
$14.00

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18th Century Embroidery Techniques

By Gail Marsh

In this fascinating book, Gail Marsh tells how 18th-century embroiderers created such exquisite items. Insightful text, detailed illustrations plus captivating color photographs of museum-held pieces provide the reader with a thorough understanding of 18th-century embroidery techniques. Pertinent quotes from ladies and gentlemen of the period serve to highlight the importance of dress and appearance at that time. Includes a section covering 18th century tools and equipment, plus details and illustrations of the following techniques:

  • Metal embroidery
  • Silk embroidery
  • Quilting
  • Whitework
  • Tambour and chain
  • Crewel work
  • Novelty threads

Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd. 2006
Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 192 pages
$19.95

Hazel's Comment: When I opened this book I was immediately attracted by the detail and photography. This book is a must for all those who study costume whether for re-enacting, the stage or fashion design, also a valuable addition to the libraries of embroidery students and needlework enthusiasts.

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The Packet III
Being Yet Another Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution

By Mark Tully

The Packet III has even more completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information for the reenactor and 18th-century scholar. Included are military dress, watchcoats and cloaks, a pattern for forage caps, a pattern for hand knit mittens and sewn mittens, knapsacks, military markings, and more.

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 48 pages, complete bibliography
ISBN 1-893832-10-4
$9.95

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The Packet IV
Being One More Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution

By Mark Tully

The Packet IV has yet even more completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information for the re-enactor and 18th-century scholar. Included are articles on military 18th century recruiting, musket accuracy, cartridges, whistles, diversions, music, 18th century money, directions for making a man's silk money purse, quill pens, style variations of waistcoats from early 18th century to early 19th century, the laundress' trade and tools, pocket handkerchiefs, walking sticks and canes, and directions to make painted floor cloths.

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 48 pages, complete bibliography
ISBN 1-893832-15-5
$9.95

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