14 February 2014

Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany



I feel incredibly proud of my friend Amber upon the publication of her first book, Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany. Remember this guest post on dressmaking patterns in the 1930s? That was Amber. Now she has this absolute beauty to her name, a book which is such a pleasure to read.

It's jam-packed full of interesting nuggets and anecdotes about the history of fashion. For example, a brief history of polka dots - just a few paragraphs of reading and I feel like an expert. Did you know that dotted fabric design has such a short history because of the previous association of spots with disease? And that the style became popular in the mid-nineteenth century with the Polka dance craze? Other fascinating sections include how to tie a bow tie, a handy guide to pronouncing the names of famous fashion designers, a brief history of the high heel shoe, and an insight into Victorian mourning craze.

I inhaled the contents of this book within one sitting, but it's also the kind of book you can dip in and out of easily. I hesitate to call it a "loo book", as it's too good for that! In any case, I can see myself buying various copies of this lovely book as gifts, it's so delightful.

Have you read any good fashion-related books recently?

[Soundtrack: 'Love to Love You Baby' by Donna Summer - just cos it's Valentine's Day... ohhh...]

18 comments:

  1. This little books sounds great. I'll have to look out for it.

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  2. Oh this book sounds lovely! I adore little books like these! Must get my mitts on that one - thanks for the tip!

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  3. Excellent book, I love quoting sewing or crafting anecdotes, trivia, and interesting stories to anyone who'll listen, well that's until their eye glaze over! Definitely one for my birthday list, thank you.

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  4. Oh, that looks like such a fun little book!

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  5. Looks great for bed time reading.

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  6. A brief history of polka dots?!! The story if the high heeled shoe?!!! I don't think I've ever pressed 'Add to basket' as fast in my life! Can't wait to read this. xx

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    1. Haha I thought of you when I read the polka dot section! x

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  7. Sounds like a neat book. I'll check it out.

    Right now, I'm knee deep in Edna Bishop's The Bishop Method of Sewing. It's pretty simplistic, but it has some goodies in it!

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  8. Your friend's book looks so interesting Tilly, certainly worth a look as I have a birthday coming up in a month or so and am always on the lookout for interesting texts like this. Have a lovely weekend Tilly, love your new studio, it is just fab!
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  9. Can't wait to lay my hands on this book! I also love the way the nail polish blends with the book cover!
    www.thatssewnaija.blogspot.com

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  10. i love little books like this that offer nuggets of facts! And i dont keep them in the loo, they have a little spot on the bookshelf just for quick reading while waiting while i have 10 min to waste. Ill definitely be buying this one!

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  11. I've been reading a book that made me think of you! It's a vintage sewing method packed with patterns for whole family. The pity is I'm not really into this fashion but it's been really interesting to read it,

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  12. Hi tilly, was it your friend who was featured on the Great British Sewing Bee series 2 yesterday? Are you watching this series?! Xxx

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  13. How on earth did I miss this? I'm off to buy it! Thanks!

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