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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Anyone read The Dressmaker? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 2/23/12 3:54 PM

Has anyone read The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott?

It sounds intriguing - about a talented seamstress who ends up surviving the sinking of the Titanic.

But at $12.99 for the Kindle edition, it's a LOT more expensive than I would ordinarily spend on a book. I need some encouragement first.

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Date: 2/23/12 4:00 PM

Interesting you should bring this up I was just reading about it from a link on Anne Rice's page on FB Anne Rice also have a new book and it very good.

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Date: 2/23/12 4:01 PM

Sounds interesting--silly question, but is this dressmaker a real historical woman on the Titanic?

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Date: 2/23/12 9:00 PM

I'll give it a vote of interesting also.

Turns out Kate Alcott is a pen name. The article I read indicated that the publishers all have immediate access to all the statistics on an author's previous successes and failures. The author's last book was considered a flop and all 12 of the publishing houses that were 'shopped' turned this book down. She switched to the pen name and the book was immediately snatched up.


It would be a shame if sewers were turned away from the fabric store based on their last wadder. So, I'm willing to try the kindle sample and see if they offer up enough pages for me to know if I want to wade through an entire book of her writing style.

Thanks for bringing The Dressmaker to our attention. I'm desperately in need of a good read.

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Date: 2/23/12 10:00 PM

This book is sitting beside my bed waiting for me to have time to read - hopefully tomorrow

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Date: 2/24/12 1:03 AM

Yeah, it was the article in today's NY Times that caught my attention.

So far, not enough encouragement to purchase - I did download the sample to read tomorrow and maybe that will change my mind.

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Date: 2/24/12 1:09 AM

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Sounds interesting--silly question, but is this dressmaker a real historical woman on the Titanic?


No, she's not real, but she does work for a real person on the Titanic - Lady Lucile Duff Gordon, wikipedia page.

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Apart from originating the "mannequin parade", a precursor to the modern fashion show, and training the first professional models, she launched liberating slit skirts and low necklines, popularized less restrictive corsets, and promoted alluring, pared-down lingerie.

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Date: 2/26/12 3:12 PM

I read the sample on the Kindle. It does seam interesting, but it wasn't enough to make me buy it for $12.99. I'm going to wait and see if the price goes down.

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Date: 2/27/12 1:43 PM

So I gave in and bought it after I realized I still had some $ left on a Christmas Amazon GC.

It's good, but not $12.99 good, more like $6.99 good. Mass market paperback rather than trade.

Not much is actually set on the Titanic. About two thirds of the book take place afterwards, and deal with the repercussions of the Congressional hearings.

The plot is rather melodramatic and not super believable. The main character, Tess Collins, is sort of in love with two men, one fabulously wealthy and the other a common sailor. Her employer, Lady Lucile Gordon Duff, really has it out for the sailor, as they were both on the same lifeboat and she and her husband acted reprehensibly. A little over the top, in other words.

A few scenes are set in Lady Lucile's atelier, and they were kind of interesting. I don't know much about that era of couture, so I'm not sure how accurate they are.

At least it's fairly well written and edited. I've been reading way too many of the 99 cent books that are rife with misspellings and grammatical errors, the bane of self-publishing.

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Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs

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