The Victorian Tailor An Introduction to Period Tailoring

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-15
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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This unique book is a wide-ranging introduction to the world of Victorian tailoring, including techniques, materials, and patterns. The author, an expert in the field, has dipped into rare 19th-century tailoring sourcebooks and re-created the authentic techniques for today's budding tailor. An introductory section includes: --A glimpse into the 19th-century tailor's shop and the people who worked there --How men's fashion subtly evolved through the decades, with illustrations and Victorian photographs --Tools of the trade, and how they were used--and which ones are still worth using today --Which cloths to use for an authentic Victorian feel, and where to obtain them --The fundamental techniques every tailor should know, from how to sit in the traditional cross-legged manner to the full range of stitches used in the Victorian era. The book then moves on to give detailed instructions on how to draft and cut your own patterns to fit your client exactly, and gives 18 patterns from different decdes, including capes, waistcoats, trousers, frock coats, lounge coats, and even a shooting jacket and breeches for the Victorian sportsman. These are followed by clear and concise step-by-step directions for making up your finished garments, illustrated with authentic period fashion plates showing the essential wardrobe of a Victorian gentleman, this book will appeal to all costume designers, dressmakers, living historians, and those with an interest in creating these beautiful handmade garments, and contains everything you need to create authentic menswear from the period.

Author Biography

JASON MACLOCHLAINN is a historical consultant, tailor, and patternmaker who started sewing fourteen years ago as a side hobby to gain a better insight into his living hisotry and experimental archaeology projects. Not being satisfied with the resources available for men's costume at the time, Jason put his background in history and archaeology to work. From this he has re-created a Victorian "house style" to re-create period costumes down to the last detail.

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"What I like most about this book is that not only does it teach you to create custom-fit, accurate-to-the-period garments, it also shares history and a lot of information about the period this clothing derives from, in essence, you are presented with the story behind the garments." ---Wee Share blog

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