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A collection of images of corsets and girdles, Bound & Determined: A Visual History of Corsets, 1850-1960 is already a bestseller! It covers some 18th century and earlier corsets, but focuses mostly on the the Victorian era through the 1960s. Also included are some scaled, period corset patterns.


The Schiffer Series:

Back when books on collecting antique and vintage fashions were filled with grainy black and white pictures, Victorian & Edwardian Fashions for Women: 1840-1919 was born. Brimming with full color photographs of existing garments, as well as black and white and color period illustrations, Victorian & Edwardian first hit the shelves in 1995. It was revised in 2002, and remains great eye candy. It's also a helpful, general guide to the period, and offers collecting tips, too.

Following up on Victorian & Edwardian Fashions for Women, Vintage Fashions for Women: 1920s-1940s is again brimming with full color photographs of existing garments, alongside some period illustrations. You'll also find collecting tips and a good general overview of the period.

The final book in the Schiffer series for women, Vintage Fashions for Women: the 1950s & 60s is packed with full color photographs of existing period garments and accessories, a general overview of the period, and collecting tips. There are also special sections on mass-manufactured garment labels and paper clothes.

In the style of the other Schiffer books, but dedicated to children's fashions, The Child in Fashion: 1750-1920 is heavily illustrated with full color photographs of existing garments, alongside period illustrations. The text is a bit more extensive in this book and covers not just the history of children's clothes, but the history of childhood. The focus here is less on the 18th century (portrayed almost exclusively with reproductions) and more on the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Pattern Books:

Containing selected scaled patterns from The Voice of Fashion - a Victorian-era dressmaking magazine - 59 Authentic Turn-of-the-Century Fashion Patterns is a bestseller. The patterns include skirts, coats, a cape, and a nightgown - 31 patterns for women, in all. In addition, there are 21 misses and girl's patterns, including one for drawers and a chemise. Finally, there are 2 patterns for boys and 3 for men, including a boy's kilt, a man's dressing robe, man's nightshirt, and coat. All the patterns date to 1890-1896. General instructions for enlarging the patterns are included.

The follow-up book to the previous title, Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady's Wardrobe includes scaled patterns for women's garments from the 1890s. Patterns include a riding habit, a tennis outfit, undergarments, and day and evening wear. General instructions for enlarging the patterns are included.

Assembled from Civil War-era issues of the popular women's periodical Peterson's Magazine, the bestselling 60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns contains scaled patterns for women's and children's clothes, including dresses, jackets, caps, capes, a boy's knickerbocker suit, vests, drawers, pantaloons, a smoking cap, and more. Includes general instructions on enlarging the patterns.

A reprint of an 1895 tailor's book, The "Keystone" Jacket and Dress Cutter features 80 scaled patterns, women's suits, riding pants, tailored blouses, vests, and more. General instructions for enlarging the patterns are included.

Other Fashion Books:

This highly popular guide is a reprint of a 1905 sewing manual, illustrated with black and white drawings - and, best of all - period black and white photographs. Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques offers a terrific look at how garments were put together at the turn of the century. See how dust ruffles, boning, period tailoring, and small built-in bustles were made, among many other things.

A collection of period photographs from the 1850s through the 1910s, Victorian Fashion in America: 264 Vintage Photographs offers a true-to-life view of what real people wore. The books also offers information on dating period photographs.

Historic English Costumes and How to Make Them is a reprint of a book written in 1913 by Talbot Hughes - an artist, historic fashion collector, and costume historian whose collection eventually went to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The book offers a general guide to fashions from ancient times through the turn of the century, with sketch drawings in black and white. There are also over 30 black and white photographs of items in his collection, donned by teens era models. About 65 pages of the book is devoted to scaled patterns.

This reprint of the Home Pattern Company 1914 Fashions Catalog contains over 600 black and white illustrations featuring fashion on the eve of World War I. Look for evening gowns, day dresses, underwear, outwear, hats, shoes, and much, more more.

The Collector's Guide to Vintage Fashions is no longer in print, but is still a great resource for collectors. There are chapters on fashion histories (including corsets, hoops, bridal wear, bonnets, Neo-Victorian fashions of the 20th century, christening gowns, and fashion plates), as well as chapters on collecting (including how to shape and build a collection, caring for and displaying historic fashions, provenance, organizing and keeping records of a collection, labels, and I.D. tips). And each page is loaded with color photographs of existing period garments.

An ebook based upon years of experience and the recommendations of the nation's top museums, How to Clean, Store, & Display Antique & Vintage Fashions is a bestseller among fashion collectors. Learn how to get rid of pests, safely clean fragile garments, store fashions so they last generations, put on a display of historic fashions, and much more.

Books on Other Topics:

Carry Me Over the Threshold is a guide to wedding traditions. What makes it unique is the way it traces many traditions (but certainly not all) to the Bible or early church customs. A great gift for the Christian bride!

This bestselling ebook is in its second "printing," fully revised and expanded for today's digital world. The Easy Way to Write & Sell Ebooks explains in the simplest manner how to find marketable ideas, publish an ebook at no cost, accept credit card payments, distribute and sell the ebook without paid services, get your ebook on Amazon, and much more. Available in Kindle and .PDF formats.

In the beautifully illustrated Proverbs 31 Woman's Guide to Starting Seeds, you'll learn how to start any type of seed using one of three methods: winter sowing, indoor sowing, or direct sowing. You'll also learn to make your own seed starting pots from recycled materials, how to make durable plant markers absolutely free, how to transplant seedlings, how to save seeds, and more. And the ebook is FREE!

When 8 year old Matt accidentally presses a button on his friend Tilly's latest invention, the two third graders are swept into a puzzling and amazing world. There a enormous flowers, huge animals of every kind - and dinosaurs! Super-smart Tilly can't figure out where - or when - they are, but soon she recognizes an important historical event...And that's when everything goes terribly wrong.

A Day with the Dinosaurs is written in the general style of the popular Magic Treehouse books, but contains no magic. Science - especially a fun glimpse at creation science - is the focus here, in 40 action-packed pages with short chapters. This lightly illustrated chapter book also contains bonus material, including thoughts to ponder and information about dinosaurs, creation science, and the Bible.

Best of all it's FREE!

Kristina is also an accomplished singer who once made a living performing in musicals and nightclubs. In the bestselling Singing Secrets: What Every Singer Needs to Know, you'll learn solid vocal technique, the truth about 20 common vocal myths, how to get good vibrato, extend your range, belt, scat, use your whistle voice, rehearse effectively, do better at auditions, combat stage fright, work with a conductor or pianist, do warm-ups, establish your own style, and much more. Available in print, ,PDF, and Kindle formats.

About Kristina

Kristina Seleshanko is a historic fashion lover and collector who has taught women's social history and orchestrated a number of museum exhibits. She's also the author of 16 books - many published under her maiden name, Kristina Harris.

Kristina has written about historic fashions for magazines such as Sew News, Victorian Decorating & Lifestyle, Collector's News, Antique & Collecting, True West, Country Victorian, and many others. She was once the Editor of the Costume Society of America's national newsletter.

About the Titles of My Books

Some readers have complained about the titles of some of my books. Yes, it's true; sometimes the titles are not as accurate about the content of the book as they could be. But please don't blame li'l ol' me! Publishers choose the titles to their books - with or without the author's approval. Hopefully, the descriptions of my books make the contents more clear than the titles do.