After years of careful research of antique doll clothing, Sylvia Mac Neil has written another book, this one with exceptional photography as seen in her articles, featuring more than 500 color photos, many full page, of 53 fabulous dresses with capes, casaques, vestes and fichus and gloves, accented with the most marvelous hats, all made of the finest antique materials and embellishments of the 1850s -1860s. For those who yearn to see back views and side views rarely shown in other books, with portrait photos of Chiffonnette and close-up views of clothing details, and several views of each exceptional hat, made from rare straw, materials and garnitures from original hats, never before seen. What sewers need are new and authentic ideas, illustrated beautifully, to urge them to make up the items. The patterns are out there, now here is a 304 page book full of dreams and fancies. A true MUST HAVE for couturiers and collectors alike. FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE UNITED STATES!