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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190638889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906388898
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Maclochlainn is an expert in historical tailoring who co-owns a company supplying Victorian patterns and corset-making materials to costumiers. He lives in the Netherlands.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dolly Dressmaker on 2 Dec. 2014
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If you are an utter novice, this book might overwhelm you somewhat. I am a dressmaker of historic costume for museums, so have experience of the subject matter, and am used to using the sort of period material this book is based on, although the author rather patronisingly says that such books and journals should only be bought and used by the favoured few. The tone throughout is a little smug, though I am grateful to the author for helping promote and continue the art of tailoring. Not sure we need two pages telling us how to sit crossed-legged on a table, though.
The author has attempted to explain the period technique of cutting from proportional measures - which admittedly is something to wrap your head around. I already know how to do that, which is a good job, cause he doesn't quite succeed. There are books sold online dealing with women's dress which explain it better. There is excellent information on choosing fabrics, and WHY things are done the way they are, which is something a lot of authors don't seem to bother with, and several very nice plates.
If you have some dressmaking experience, or want to know better how to use a commercial pattern to produce a more period look, then this book may be useful, and it also supports a lot of free on-line tailoring resources you might have come across. Don't buy it if you're starting knowing nothing of the subject though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ikki Piggy on 24 July 2012
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This is more than a guide to Pattern Cutting and Construction of Victorian Male Clothing. It is what the title says, the Victorian Tailor. You will learn everything you need to know of how the garments were constructed, even down to the sitting position when sowing, crossed legged (lotus position)on a table and the reasons for that position being adopted. Details like that make this book a fascinating read. The patterns are clear and the discussions on what modern materials to avoid using and why not to make it a must have for anyone interested in historical clothing.

Jason Maclochlainn is the male Janet Arnold. Looking forward to other books from this Author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ama on 23 Nov. 2011
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One of the best books for basic knowledge of mens tailoring, for professionals in costume making. A must for students, teachers and theater tailors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Reed on 4 Jan. 2013
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Excellent book marred by some hard to understand or nonsensical measurements in quoted systems i.e drafting trouser patterns seem to refer to half the seat measurement in each of the back pieces PLUS a quarter each in the two fronts which is 1.5 the seat measurement I think

Otherwise a perfect starter for drafting patterns and tailoring makeup
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue B on 16 Dec. 2012
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Very informative and interesting information about the history of victorian tailoring techniques. Am looking forward to creating some of the patterns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Y. Charlton on 18 April 2012
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This book is a must for anyone interested in Victorian Tailoring. A wonderful reference book that will be used time and time again.
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