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March 15, 2007



Those books look amazing. I adore looking at fashion/costume books. I don't really sew, but they are inspiring.
I can see the sweater in that dress. Lovely drapey bell sleeves, maybe even a longer ribbed collar that would stand slightly. Would love to see the pattern you come up with.

Karen B.

I agree! Those books are inspiring from both a design and historical perspective. So was a visit to the V & A Museum to see some of those stunning garments in person.

Flip through the Walker Treasuries to see if there is a puckered or gathered stitch that gives the feeling of that center panel. I'd love to see your modern design interpretation!


The V&A books are terrific. I have all the titles you mention, plus "Modern Fashion in Detail". Another killer is "Fashion", subtitled "The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute A History from the 18th to the 20th Century" (much too long a title), published by Taschen. All are unbelievably stimulating. I wouldn't be without any of 'em.

Jennifer Dickinson

I love the knitted Caesar doll idea. My husband is a classicist, I will have to make one for him. I will devise a pattern and share!

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