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  • Introduction
  • 14" Rag Doll Pattern
    • Traditional Men's Undergarment
    • Undershirt
    • Underdrawers
    • Socks
  • King George III
  • Loius XVI of France
  • The Revolutionary War General
  • The Elegant Gentleman
  • Gentleman in Banyan
  • Napoleon I
  • Charles - 1800 Day
  • Lord Lightlydun - 1800 Evening
  • Robert - 1820 Frock Coat
  • Joseph Andrew - 1820 Opera Dress Suit
  • Alexander - 1830 Day
  • John - 1830 Evening
  • Theodore - 1840 Day
  • Homer - 1840 Evening Suit
  • Prince Albert - 1841
  • Arthur - 1850 Day
  • Michael Debest Mott - 1850 Evening
    • Watch Fob
    • Walking Stick
    • Gloves
    • Gaiters
    • Decorations, Medals and Orders
    • Garter Collar
    • Garter Sash
    • Military Epaulets
    • Monocle
    • Handkerchief
    • Cape
    • Hats
  • The Patterns

Title: The Wish Booklet: Men's Fashions 1776-1850, Vol. XX
Author: Susan Bonsall Sirkis
Publication Date: Booklet:1977
Publisher: The Wish Booklets, Williamsburg, VA
Page Count: 58
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0-913786-20-9

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get a wide variety of patterns for a specific 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 are drafted to fit a 13-14" rag doll(doll pattern included). This is one of my favorites of Mrs. Sirkis' books. There are so few pattern books that have men's clothes - and here you get a whole book dedicated to them! And of course you get Susan's gorgeous illustrations of period dress! One thing missing - I'd loved to have had a backside illustration(true of all costuming books) of the costumes. 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 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!