- Hello Viviana, I have a few of her books (16th-17th c., 19th c. and Outer Garments Bk 1), and I love every one of them. I made my first Elizabethan gown usingMessage 1 of 7 , Oct 4, 2007View SourceHello Viviana,
I have a few of her books (16th-17th c., 19th c. and Outer Garments
Bk 1), and I love every one of them. I made my first Elizabethan gown
using her info for the Unknown Girl pattern (mid 16th c.), and they
made up very nicely, including the puff upper sleevehead. I've also
used her info and patterns in making my Tudor gown, along with The
Tudor Tailor info and other info I had researched. But my gown
turnback sleeves and kirtle foresleeves are from her pattern.
However, as others have said, the patterns are designed for looking
good on stage, and are not always historically accurate in
construction. But with some research into more accurate methods, and
using the patterns as a starting point, you can make up some really
On Oct 4, 2007, at 3:57 AM, Mary West wrote:
> Has anyone read Period Costumes for Stage & Screen by Jean
> Hunnisett? I
> got a copy from the library and really liked it but I'm a real
> newcomer. Could I get some opinions for more experienced folk?
> Viviana Holyngworth
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- ... methods and such. ... for stage and only needed to look right. ... I don t think they re so much shortcuts , as using modern theatrical techniquesMessage 2 of 7 , Oct 4, 2007View Source--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com, Cathi M <vixen1@...> wrote:
>methods and such.
> I would say it's a great starting point.
> Her research was very good but you do have to watch her sewing
> There will be shortcuts and things because of course it was writtenfor stage and only needed to "look" right.
> It's in my collection and I've used it a fair bit.I don't think they're so much "shortcuts", as using modern theatrical
techniques instead of any attempt at reproducing period sewing for
the sake of being period sewing. I was trained in sewing for the
stage by a designer who was trained by Hunnisett, and a lot of what
we did was based on 20th century haute couture technique. The
materials weren't quite so grand, but the cut and fit had to be
perfect, and the clothes had to look as good on the last night of a
twelve week run as they did on the first. They were very well made
garments, but not period reproductions by any stretch.