French Costume Books

When you bought the magazine, the patterns came with!
Carnaval, a French magazine of costumes

Carnaval, a French magazine of costumes

We don't know how often these came out, but apparently there was a considerable interest in costume parties for which one made their own costume –or maybe had a dressmaker do it– because this one is "Publication Périodique" No. 109

These pattern sheets look daunting, but they aren't actually as hard to use as they look.

A closer look at the pattern sheet

A closer look at the pattern sheet

Here at the Laughing Elephant we have reproduced a number of these wonderful costumes in our book "Vintage Costume Inspirations." You might want to check it out and be inspired for this year's Halloween festivities. See the book>