The Art of the Mantua-Maker: 1870-1879 Book

$ 15.00

The Art of the Mantua-Maker

1870 - 1879 Fashion, Sewing, and Clothes Care Advice

Compiled and Edited By Deb Salisbury

The art of the mantua-maker (aka dressmaker) was practiced by every woman who wanted to create her own wardrobe.

Fashion magazines were studied and dissected, scoured for details on how each effect was created, how many seams were used, and where the pleats were placed. Periodicals taught why style changes were made, when they went out of date, and how to re-create them. 

This packed resource book compiles sewing and fashion advice given in those periodicals during the 1870s. Entries show name and date of the magazine they were originally published in as well as quotes from the era.

Pattern sketches are included as published along with any sewing instructions that accompanied them.

The Art of the Mantua-Maker book is broken into three sections for ease of use:

  1. Sewing tips and fashion advice
  2. Fabric cleaning and care
  3. Bibliography of magazines and other helpful books


Great resource for your costume library with over 740 black & white period engravings and illustrations showing the changing fashions in the 1870s. Perfect for historical costumers, re-enactors, scholars, and those interested in learning more about 1870s womens' fashion.

Book printed in paperback format with glossy cover. 307 pages. 8.5" x 11"

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