Fashioning Bygone Fashions: Creating Digital Sewing Patterns from Historic Garments
Scott, Sonia A.
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This paper explores options for creating digital sewing patterns from garments in historical costume collections. Such patterns provide independent scholars and the general public greater access to study historically accurate reproductions, sewing techniques, and the evolution of garment history. Three garments dating to the first half of the 19th century are examined studied and a open-source patterning solution is used to create sewing patterns of the aforementioned garments. A concise history of the creation and acquisition of these garments is included This exploration focuses on the resource conscious creation and use of digital sewing patterns to further the study and use of historic garments so as to appeal to small or individual collections, as well as to more well funded institutions.