New book with women's clothing patterns 1877-1882
- Lavolta Press has just published _Fashions of the Gilded Age_, a two-volume
anthology that contains a wardrobe of women's styles from 1877 through 1882.
The 343 patterns and 798 illustrations were selected from numerous sources
and edited for this anthology. One major source is a German pattern book,
translated into English for the first time. It includes patterns to be
enlarged with apportioning scales (special rulers that enable you to produce
custom sizes without doing arithmetic). Another is 112 issues of _Harper's
Bazar_ with their pattern supplements.
Volume 1 contains patterns for corsets (one is an Aesthetic corset, called
the Japanese Corset), bustles, lingerie, skirts, day bodices, evening
bodices, overskirts, polonaises, and day dresses. Volume 2 focuses on
evening dresses, ball gowns, wedding dresses, sidesaddle riding habits,
bathing costumes, and outerwear (one pattern is for a Worth mantle). It
also includes millinery, hairstyles, accessories, and needlework trimmings.
In both volumes quotes from various fashion magazines and etiquette manuals
give additional information on construction, materials, trimmings, and
wardrobe planning. Volume 2 includes an illustrated 87-page manual, created
for this book, on dressmaking, corset making, tailoring, and millinery
Both volumes have been received from our printer. Each can be purchased and
used independently. There is more information on our web site,