Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns Book. Imported custom-made clothes were usually beyond the financial reach of the average middle-class American woman a century ago. This left many women with the option of making their own clothes or hiring a seamstress. While a number of economy-minded women did sew simple housedresses, and clothing for their children, many took favorite fashion plates to a dressmaker who would often consult patterns in a magazine such as The Voice of Fashion. The present book, reprints a rich selection of scaled dressmaker's patterns of the 1890's, taken from rare issues of the popular, lalte-19the century dressmaker's journal. The collection includes nearly 500 patterns and illustrations detailing 50 garments for women. Every wardrobe necessity for the Victorian lady is covered-from the nightgowns and wrappers for boudoir and breakfast, a riding habit and tennis outfit, to walking dresses for town and visiting, elegant dinner dresses, and elaborate evening gowns. An introduction and brief instructions for using the patterns are also included in a volume that will not only find practical use among costume designers and students of fashion history, but will also delight browsers, Victorian enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the evolution of clothing styles. 144pp. 9 x 12. Paperbound.