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Clothing Construction, Alteration, and Tailoring

This page offers resources for basic and advanced clothing construction techniques, including tailoring and alterations.

How were clothes patterned in the past?

Pattern DesignHistoric pattern shapes and details can inspire current fashion design. The Library has purchased many reprints of historical pattern manuals. In addition, recent research has made many more extant garment available for study.

For a more detailed listing of historical pattern layouts, divided by century, see the Fashion and Clothing History guide.

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Historical Pattern Sourcebooks

Recent Books on Historical Patterns

Websites of Historical Patterns

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