Blueprints of Fashion: Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940s
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 2 Rev Upd edition (December 28, 2008)
At a time when most clothes were sewn at home, sewing patterns will always provide the best insight into how people really dressed. Looking your best when in public or private did matter the 1940s and with the home-sewing patterns everyone could copy the style like the models in magazines.
This book provides extremely valuable information on rationing during WWII and how it affected clothing and fashion of that time.
The book begins with a history of pattern companies and how the small ones started and eventually merged into Simplicity, McCalls and Butterick. The second half is the best feature of Blueprints of Fashion. The 110 pages of pattern illustrations and 550 color photographs of pattern envelopes is amazing.
I consider myself well-informed on 1940s fashion, but still learned a great deal. The 1940s is realy a wondreful look at a time in fashion.
I bought this years ago and I use it to date pattern and for inspiration. This is one of the great fashion books and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in 1940s vintage fashion.
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