A Book Review: A History of the Paper Pattern Industry
by Joy Spanabel Emery
Joy Spanabel Emery’s new book; AHistory of the Paper Pattern Industry,The home dressmaking revolution is a must-have resource for anyone interested in the history of not only sewing patterns but fashion as well. The book is organized chronologically beginning with the oldest surviving book on tailoring published in Spain in 1580, and ending with the modern patterns up to the year 2010. With 200 well placed illustrations (125 color, 75 black and white), the book progresses smoothly through the centuries and decades.
Each chapter covers a period in history and the events that influenced the styles produced by the pattern companies. The section that was the most interesting to me covered the restrictions on fabric usage during the war effort of the 1940’s.
I found the book to be very interesting and enjoyable. As a bonus, she has included 9 sewing patterns with instructions that can be scaled for use. Remember that the instructions are minimal for older patterns and these are not the exception!