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Amanda's Home on the Range: A Journal of…

Amanda's Home on the Range: A Journal of Fashion History Through Paper…

by Betty J. Mills

Other authors: L. C. Ross (Illustrator)

Series: The Amanda Series (book 3)

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Betty Mills, retired curator of the costume and textiles collection at Texas Tech University, has written a third volume in the Amanda series of fashion paper dolls, Amanda’s home on the range. Using items and artifacts from the college museum as well as written materials in Texas history, she writes Amanda’s diary, which is mostly about clothing in the context of the events of the period. L. C. Ross again illustrates the book with accurate drawings of the dolls for Amanda and Matthew along with granddaughter Mary Megan and fashions, which range from the crinoline to slimmer skirts and the bustle. Men’s fashion includes a Civil War uniform and “cowboy” work clothes. There is also a map of Texas as well as an excellent glossary of terms used in all three volumes.

As with the first two volumes, the narrative deals with how clothing is made. With the Civil War, material was scarce and new clothing impossible. But Amanda shows ingenuity in making do. And the diary covers how clothing was remade to save on fabric and be up to date. In 1871 Amanda receives an early sewing machine, the “Common Sense,” which makes sewing her clothing a bit easier.

Although the dolls and clothing can be cut out, the book is most valuable as a fashion history of Texas in the late nineteenth century. All three Amanda books, as well as Mills’ book, Calico chronicle: Texas women and their fashions 1830-1910, will serve as an historical costume record of the period. ( )
  fdholt | Dec 5, 2013 |
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