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5.0 out of 5 stars For costume professionals
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fits in places.
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...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For costume professionals, 23 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Victorian Tailor (Paperback)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fits in places., 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Am I dumb, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book!, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived promptly, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate detailing, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 12 Jan 2014
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Goes step by step through techniques - I have yet to make anything but many of his tips look easy to follow. He promises another book - where is it?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine indeed, 11 Jun 2013
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A good investment for anyone involved in theatre costuming or vintage reproduction. Full of advice on every facet of gentlemen's period suits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, 20 Jan 2013
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I like so much that i spend the hall night reading the book i could not read it at day time becouse i do work,i like history and the pattern eady to follow thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Sep 2014
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Informative book for historical menswear. Detailed information for fabrics used and very clear patterns.
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