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Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

Detail from Reading in the Forest, 1875, Benczur OlvasoWe've gone through our links, pored over the bookshelves and searched for the best in books to help you create a masterpiece for the Natural Form Era 1876-1882.

We've got an awesome trilogy of ladies' tailoring books by Charles Hecklinger and his equally amazing trilogy of men's tailoring books.  

Having trouble getting a smooth fit to a cuirass bodice or Princess dress? We've found period  fitting guides with step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process.  Want to know what options women had for corsets and petticoats? Check out a mail order catalog from 1883.  And that's just the free stuff, not from a bookstore!

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Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf   Books with patterns
Modesty to Mod, Out of print, ILL has a pattern for a Wedding dress 1875-76

Moden 1840-90 (Tidens Toj patterns) OOP, available at Lacis, but you should look into ILL first!
has pattern for this early 1880's walking suit
http://tidenstoej.natmus.dk/periode1/dragt.asp?ID=105
as well as C. 1875 Afternoon Gown. Pale grey silk taffeta, greyish tule frill, 1877-78 Tea Gown. Grey poplin repp, covered buttons and lace, C. 1879 More Formal Gown used as a Bridal Gown. Brown patterned silk, trimming of brown silk taffeta, covered buttons, princess gown, Early 1880's Afternoon Visiting Gown. Plum taffeta, covered buttons, ecru machine lace.
 
 

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