(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)
*Clark, Mrs. (Elizabeth Stewart). Practical Prinkery: The Guide to Recreating Mid-19th Century Clothing for Young Women Twelve to Twenty-one. Idaho Falls, Idaho: Elizabeth Stewart Clark & Company, 2004.
This is a wonderful little book that focuses on the clothing needs of young women in their transitional teenage years, for mid-19th century clothing. It includes excellent construction information, including pattern-drafting and draping techniques, and even explains how to use duct tape to create a custom-fitting corset pattern, and then how to construct a corset from that or another pattern. See entry for The Dressmaker’s Guide for more information about the author’s works and expertise. This book overlaps with both the original and the second edition of the Guide, but it is valuable on its own in the area of young women’s clothing, and is not redundant to the 1st or 2nd edition of the Guide. I personally own this book, and would highly recommend it.
Also by Elizabeth Stewart Clark:
- The Dressmaker’s Guide; 1840-1865, 2nd edition, which is a greatly expanded version of the book, with all material from Skirting the Issue included, plus much more.
- The Dressmaker’s Guide To Fit & Fashion; Including techniques for drafting, fitting, and constructing the clothing of the early 1860’s (the previous, smaller edition of the above book)
- Skirting the Issue