As for the artbooks, I do really like (and wish to own) all of the Final Fantasy 14 artbooks. This game is a real eye candy! The designs are really beautiful! If you are as fond of fantasy costume as I am, you will defenitely find it interesting.
Also i would like to tell about one “artbook” from 19th century XD “The costume history” by Auguste Racinet is one of the most awesome books I ever seen. You can learn a lot from it!
I get asked a lot about what books I use as reference, and what books I would recommend to someone interested in sewing or historical fashion. So here are all the books I own that relate to that, along with very short reviews of each one. The titles are listed in the photo descriptions!
Before I get into it though, my major source of inspiration is pinterest. I love it.
Corsets and Crinolines: Fantastic book. It has a nice mixture of writing, photos, and patterns. The writing isn’t gripping but contains a lot of valuable information and is very detailed about the changes in silhouette throughout the years.
Patterns of Fashion: All of these have the same format. They start with an overview of a specific time period, which is paired with pattern plates and photos. The second half of the book has detailed patterns and illustrations of the finished product. They have lots of notes on how to assemble them and the grid system makes it very easy to create full scale versions!
20,000 years of fashion: Definitely a wordy read. I must admit I haven’t had this book long, nor have I scoured every chapter of it. But it seems to be a very good book and the information in it truly does live up to the title. It also has a lot of pictures, which makes it nice for inspiration!
The Complete History of Costume and Fashion: If you like accurate information and want to learn things from a book, don’t buy this. Reading it is equal parts frustrating and comical. If you have any knowledge on historical fashion you’ll see how wrong this book is in dozens of cases. However it has lots of nicely printed photos, so it’s a good inspiration book to flip through.
The Tudor Tailor: I’m not very impressed by this. The patterns included seem to lack the exaggerated features from the time period and the finished products don’t match the reference images scattered throughout the first half of this book. However the write ups on choosing textiles and constructing the garments are helpful. The writer clearly very educated on tudor fashion, I just wish the patterns lived up to the rest of the book!
Creating Historical Clothes: I haven’t attempted to make anything from this so I can’t vouch for it in that aspect. But from looking through it i’m really impressed by how well and quickly it explains the flat drafting process of bodices and sleeves. It translates those basic techniques into making historical patterns, which is really fantastic. It’s a bit confusing at points but i’m looking forward to using it!
The Art of Manipulating Fabric: A really interesting book that outlines how to use fabric in ways I would have never imagined. It covers basic things like gathering, godets, and pintucks, but also ventures into really neat techniques I’ve never heard of. Each technique is explained in text, along with a few simple diagrams. Photos of the finished products are included as well.
Complete Costume History: Probably my favorite inspiration book, ever. It has thousands of drawings that detail fashion from every period imaginable. Just keep in mind this book doesn’t have any information on the time and origin the illustrations are from, and it isn’t entirely accurate because the book was drawn and written in the 1800s.
Tudor Costume and Fashion: Not really what I was expecting when it advertised thousands of fashion plates! This is a very wordy and I haven’t been committed enough to read through it just yet so I can’t comment on the writing. However it has many illustrations of the details of tudor clothing and accessories. I haven’t seen a book that goes so in depth about so many small things!
Women’s Hats: A great starting point if you have little/no knowledge about headwear. It has several pages of text and several drawings that detail headwear from each time period. But it offers very little information about the individual pieces so extra research is a must!
Patternmaking for Fashion: I’ve used this book for making pants and when struggling with fit issues. I can see why people love it, but it didn’t work for me. It over complicates things and is filled with errors of all sorts. They will reference “fig.5” when there are only two figures in that section, there are spelling errors, and things just missing in general. Which is ridiculous for any book, much less a 5th edition! It makes a challenging process even more difficult to understand and I don’t think it’s worth the price.
Fabric for Fashion: A nice swatch book for the beginner, and they did a good job considering how many different types of fabrics exist. If you don’t know jersey from chiffon, this will help you a lot and give a good point of reference to base things off of. BUT keep in mind that the quality and weight of fabrics can change drastically from manufacturer. The swatches represented here aren’t what /all/ fabrics with the same name will feel like.
That’s it! Sorry for the long posts. I’m hoping to get this, this, and this soon since i’ve heard good things…I just need to find less expensive copies haha!
This year for Inktober I’m rolling randomized D&D characters! I hope to one day DM a campaign with my friends, so I’m gathering some NPCs. Please, uh, don’t use them for your own games? original characters do not steel plz
Today I rolled Oighrig (AY-rikh, it’s Scottish) here, a female orc rogue who’s chaotic evil. Well then. Because today’s Inktober prompt is Swift, I tried to give her a runner’s physique. She’s good at stealing but also good at getting outta Dodge fast.
Costume elements referenced from Racinet’s History of Western Costume.
I spent ages trying to find any reference to Poland’s multi-coloured happy ninja outfit, now tell me the guy in the above image isn’t wearing the same thing!
Now unfortunately I’m not really any closer to finding more information about it. The only information accompanying that image is that it is of a townsman and a gentleman in clothing worn in the second half of the 15th Century. Am assuming our ‘ninja’ friend is the townsman because the other guy is carrying a sword which is a thing you’d expect either a nobleman or someone in the military to be carrying.
The image is taken from the book: Racinet’s Full-Color Pictorical History of Western Costume by Auguste Racinet.
So there we have it. In the 15th Century, Poland was rollin’ around Kraków dressed like a commoner. Going incognito to slip past his adoring public.