This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
The following books have been recommended in various places, often in articles
in Threads magazine. Most are out of print.
Clothing for Women (Lippincotts Home Manuals). Laura I Baldt. c. 1927.
Includes draping, etc. (Ref: Threads #15, pg. 10)
The Dressmaker. Butterick. 1911. (Ref: Threads #15, pg. 10)
Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making. Hillhouse & Mansfield. (Ref:
Threads #15, pg. 10) Definitely Wonderful!! Lots of draping examples.
Sew the French Way. Line Jaque. c. 1961. (Ref: Threads #15, pg. 10)
Complete Book of Dressmaking. Ann MacTaggert. c. 1975. (Ref: Threads #15, pg.
Clothing Construction. Evelyn Mansfield. c. 1953. (Ref: Threads #15, pg. 10)
Modern Tailoring for Women. Francis Mauck. c. 1948 (Ref: Threads #15, pg. 10)
Creative Dressing. Kaori O'Connor. c. 1980. (Ref: Threads #15, pg. 10)
Modern Dressmaking Made Easy. Mary Brooks Picken. c. 1940. (Ref: Threads #15,
Women's Institute of Dress Design. series of books from 1910 - 1930.
There are a couple of other out of print series. Time-Life did a series on
sewing back in the 1960's and Vogue did one in the late 60's or early 70's. I
have seen some of the Vogue books and they seem to be fairly interesting and
Diane Barlow Close recommends _Draping and Designing With Scissors and Cloth_,
1920's and 1930's. This is a two volume set from The Women's Institute
series, used by coutures of the era. A reprint is now available from: Body
Blueprints; 1734 Scott St., St. Helena, CA 94574. $18.95 + $2 s/h each vol.