The Voice of Fashion
contains a comprehensive selection of women’s
styles from rare originals of 14 magazines published from 1900 through 1906.
During this period the feminine S-curved silhouette was translated into
luxurious formal gowns, beautifully tailored suits, and practical home and
sports wear. Whether elaborate or simple, many garments were custom made and
The 79 patterns in this book include afternoon, evening, ball, and wedding
gowns; home and maternity wear; suits and blouses for day and business;
lingerie; outer coats; and outfits for riding, golf, and other sports.
Each pattern has a fashion plate, plus instructions for drafting and assembly.
Additional fashion columns and plates supplement the information on fabrics,
trims, and construction. A substantial glossary explains period fabric names
and dressmaking terms.
The patterns can be enlarged either by projection, or by drafting with the
Diamond Cutting System used with the original magazines. The Diamond Cutting
System is a patent drafting system requiring special rulers that eliminate
arithmetic. It enables sewers with no drafting or design training to enlarge
the patterns to an individual’s unique measurements. Because the system is
as accurate and easy to use as ever, a full set of rulers is provided in this
book. Clear, step-by-step instructions are given for both drafting and
The Voice of Fashion is a rich pattern source for readers who recreate
period costumes for the theater, living history, bridal wear, or heirloom
sewing. It’s a valuable identification and dating tool for vintage clothing
collectors, antique dealers, and costume historians. And it will spark ideas
for fashion designers.
Table of Contents (readable with Adobe Acrobat)
Frances Grimble is the author of
After a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles
The Lady’s Stratagem: A Repository of 1820s
Directions for the Toilet, Mantua-Making, Stay-Making, Millinery & Etiquette
Reconstruction Era Fashions: 350 Sewing, Needlework, and Millinery Patterns 1867–1868
Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 1: Undergarments, Bodices, Skirts,
Overskirts, Polonaises, and Day Dresses 1877–1882
Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 2: Evening, Bridal, Sports, Outerwear, Accessories, and
Bustle Fashions 1885–1887: 41 Patterns with Fashion Plates and
Suggestions for Adaptation
Directoire Revival Fashions 1888–1889: 57 Patterns with Fashion Plates
and Suggestions for Adaptation
The Edwardian Modiste: 85 Authentic Patterns with Instructions, Fashion Plates, and Period Sewing Techniques.
Over 60 of her articles on sewing and vintage clothes have
appeared in national magazines, such as Threads, Sew News,
Antique Trader Weekly.
Frances Grimble has been a how-to writer and
editor since 1983. She has worked for book publishers, magazine publishers, and software companies; she has written
a number of user manuals and coauthored a computer book.
Frances Grimble has substantial formal education in researching social history
and in clothing design. In 1974 she began making historical reproductions for
periods from the Renaissance into the 1920s; she tries to schedule regular sewing
time in addition to that required by her writing projects. Since 1972, she has
collected vintage clothing and accessories from the late 18th century into the mid
8 1/2” x 11” quality paperback
79 patterns, 86 fashion plates, 8 drafting illustrations
Drafting rulers, metric conversion table, glossary, bibliography, index
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