Patterns of Fashion 1540-1660
This illustrated work devoted to linen clothes of the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods is the companion to the previous volume on tailored clothes of the same era—the latest in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion series, published by Macmillan since 1964. Twenty years in the preparation, its pages are lavishly illustrated with concise and detailed descriptions of the fabrics and stitches, how each item was constructed and worn. There are scaled down patterns and a useful bibliography including all previous publications in this series. This is the only book dedicated to the linen clothes that covered the body, from the skin outwards. It is an invaluable guide to the history and the re-creation of these beautiful garments and an excellent resource for the historical novelist.