(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)
*Clark, Mrs. (Elizabeth Stewart). Skirting the Issue: A Workbook for Skirts & Petticoats: A Construction Guide for Skirts, Including Variations and Embellishments, In the Style of the 1850s and 1860s. Idaho Falls, Idaho: Elizabeth Stewart Clark & Company, 2004.
This is a wonderful little book that focuses on constructing historically accurate mid-19th century skirts and petticoats. It includes excellent construction information, including pattern-drafting techniques based on simple measurements, with many construction and design variations offered. See entry for The Dressmaker’s Guide for more information about the author’s works and expertise. Note that the content of this book has been fully incorporated into the 2nd edition of the Guide, and therefore this book is redundant to that one, whereas this book was originally a companion to the earlier Dressmaker’s Guide to Fit & Fashion. I personally own this book, and would recommend it, but would suggest that a copy of the 2nd edition of the Guide would be a more comprehensive choice.
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)
- Practical Prinkery