Book Review: Dating Fabrics, A color guide 1800-1960

By Eileen Jahnke Trestain

The Fort, in Fort Scott, has what they call the 'Magic Room' (a room full of living history clothing). Which was very nice, since it can be rather expensive to put together a complete mid 1800s outfit. Though, we were lucky to find an item that fit just right (safety pins come in handy).
    So once things got a little more serious, the desire to have an outfit for myself grew.

The first step would be to find fabric, and of course there are a lot of safe options, such at plaid, stripes and simple floral prints. The thing is, I'm usually not happy with safe, I just didn't know what would be period correct and what was not.
    I've looked at tons of old photos and fashion plates, but nothing opened my eyes quite at much as this book.

Judging by the name, the book was apparently written to help people put a date on their fabrics. But with all the images of sample fabrics, ranging from the early 1800s to the mid 1900s, it's full of inspiration for choosing new, period correct, fabrics.

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