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  • Introduction
  • Wrapped Wire Mannequin(12 1/4")
    • Chemise
    • Drawers
    • Corset Cover
    • Long Petticoat
    • Corset
    • Nightgown
    • Wrapper
    • Dressing Sacque
    • Stockings
    • Hose Supporters
    • Bustle
    • Bust Form
  • Boots and Shoes
    • Housegown
    • Morning Dress
    • Home Dress
    • Eton Suit
    • Bathing Dress
    • Tea Gown
    • Dinner Gown
    • Opera Gown
    • Ball Gown
    • Wedding Gown
    • Wedding Veil
    • Straw Hats
    • Cloth Hats
    • Fur Toque
    • Evening Decoration
    • Bathing Hat
    • Cape
    • Shoulder Cape
    • Jacket
    • Tippet
    • Muff
    • Boa
    • Bag
    • Jabot
    • Collar
    • Chatelaine
    • Belt
    • Corsage Decoration
    • Shirtwaist
    • Hat Pins
    • Fichu
    • Apron
  • The Patterns

Title: The Wish Booklet: Fashions 1900, Vol. VI
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1970
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 42
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-06-3

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get a huge variety of patterns all appropriate for the time period. All the pattern pieces are full-sized, marked with seam allowances and have other markings to aid the seamstress(no grainline markings).

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating These aren't basic books for beginners - she expects you to know the terms she's using and to have experience putting garments together, so instructions are fairly brief. She provides lovely illustrations of finished garments but not a lot of illustration for getting there.

SUMMARY- Patterns fit Dolls 12 Inches Tall. She gives you instructions for an interesting manequin to build. And of course you get Susan's gorgeous illustrations of period dress. If you haven't run across Susan Sirkis' work before, you've really missed out. They're called "Wish Books" because everyone who reads them wishes they were longer! She does meticulous research. You should be able to see from the Table of Contents that she covers a lot of fashion for the time period!

You can still get Susan's books directly at at $7.95 postage paid - far cheaper than what e-bay sellers are asking for them(usually about double - and you pay for postage on top of that!). They are well worth the investment if you like dressing your dollies in vintage styles!