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"From inspirational essays on style, finding your voice, and exploring your roots through
clothing, to how to mend, decorate, and maintain your modern clothes, this book is perfect for anyone who is interested in style and clothing."
--Abby Cox, Dress Historian, YouTuber and author of
The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

"This book is a must-have for all who sew, buy, or wear clothing. Bernadette Banner provides readers with a charming, thoughtful and informative guide to the
practicalities of stitching garments by hand--yet this book is so much more. In a world that pushes for constant consumption, Banner encourages us to stop, think, and stitch our way to a sartorially sustainable future."
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Historical fashion icon Bernadette Banner has compiled the best, most effective historic sewing techniques for altering, restoring and maintaining your wardrobe for sustainable slow fashion.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Page Street Publishing (1 September 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 164567486X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1645674863
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.56 x 1.52 x 22.73 cm
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Bernadette Banner is a filmmaker and dress historian, best known for her YouTube channel documenting the exploration, reconstruction and interpretation of English dress predating the widespread use of the electric sewing machine, with a particular focus on the years between 1890 - 1914. Her reconstruction work seeks to put period authentic techniques and machinery into practice while simultaneously seeking to learn how historical sewing techniques and attitudes towards dress can be adopted today in an effort to fight the effects of 21st century fast fashion.

Banner graduated from New York University in 2017 following an earlier career in costume design for Broadway in New York. She has since worked with the School of Historical Dress in London, including publication projects such as Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion 5: The Content, Cut, Construction, & Context of Bodies, Stays, Hoops, & Rumps, c. 1595-1795". She currently works as a content creator and research consultant in London.

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rockinglr33
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for a beginner
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5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth knowledgable book with no politics (only unless you make it political)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth knowledgable book with no politics (only unless you make it political)
Reviewed in the United States on 8 June 2022
You might have seen reviews complaining about the "transgender agenda" in this book, but there is no agenda. There are no politics in this book. The only ones politicizing sexuality and gender are the ones who think being LGBTQ is an "agenda". It is not. If you are bothered by pronouns then I suggest you log off for a while and touch some grass. Bernadette has always been outspoken about her support for the LGBTQIA community (she herself is asexual, while her sibling is non-binary), so I'm not sure how you could go so long and be genuinely surprised she supports queer people. It is very sad how something as simple as pronouns can make one turn down a fountain of knowledge so clearly and concisely written as it has been done in this book (everyone has pronouns, including you, person who might possibly think queer people's very existence is an agenda.) I've been interested in sewing for years, but I have yet to read and learn about sewing in such a short amount of time as I have reading this book. Bernadette worked hard on this book, and it shows, almost every description has an image attached to it, I understand concepts I didn't understand before after one read, and I actually feel confident in knowing what I'm talking about when it comes to topics such as fiber contents or how something as simple as pinning can affect the fabric's behavior. So from inside the historical costuming community and out, those pesky queers will never go away, no matter how much you try to politicize our existence and create laws to stamp us out. We will always be here, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, forever and ever gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay gay we will ALWAYS say gay HAPPY PRIDE MONTH Y'ALL
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Goddess of Sewing writes a book thing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book on the art of sewing
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