Personally I think the title is a little bit misleading. Vintage Pattern Selector makes you think that the book will help you pick out vintage patterns. In truth, the book offers lessons on vintage style, with modern ideas for updating the look.
There were chapters for each type of garment (dresses, blouses, skirts, etc.) and then it was further broken down into specific styles. Each style had a photo of a vintage pattern, and pictures of modern versions.
I previously read Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible and this book was a lot like that one. I felt like I was reading a fashion history book, but in a condensed form with only the relevant details on how to carry the ideas into today.
I would have been into this book if it ended with that, but there are also patterns! Included is a CD with 15 digital patterns. The sewing instructions are in the book, along with ways to vary the pattern for other looks. The patterns are where the book shines, they are unique and I haven't seen anything like them, anywhere. Where else can you find a pattern for a full petticoat and a fitted jacket? A 70's maxi dress and a prom dress? French knickers and a pillbox hat? Okay, you get the picture. And if you don't, here's a picture:
Fascinating to read, inspiring to look at, I ::heart:: this book!
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