Vintage Couture Tailoring Hardcover – 21 May 2012
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"The attention to detail is intense." -- "Publishers Weekly"
"The attention to detail is intense." "Publishers Weekly""
About the Author
Thomas von Nordheim learned traditional tailoring during an apprenticeship in an old-style German couture salon. For seven years he cut and tailored for an illustrious clientele of aristocrats, politicians, and members of international society at the last surviving great London couture house, Lachasse. When the house closed, Thomas established his own successful business offering tailoring to private clients.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is basically an extremely detailed, step-by-step guide to the construction of a tailored woman's jacket, illustrated with hundreds of clear, colour photographs.
There is no discussion of pattern cutting or fitting - it is purely a construction book, and includes some rarely-seen topics such as ironwork (using the iron to stretch and shrink certain areas of the garment) and - something I don't think I've ever seen before - padding, which perhaps relates more to the 'vintage/couture' element, but is fascinating.
There are one or two techniques I personally wouldn't agree with, but as one of my tutors was fond of saying, if you put 100 tailors in a room, they would all do things slightly differently and each would insist their way was best.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a thorough grounding in traditional tailoring, this book is a must.
Yes I did buy 2 copies for myself because I felt that it was outstanding and it would be rare to find such a great book that has everything and in detail.
It is a very detailed book of how to tailor a jacket with lots of step by step easy to follow photos and instructions .
It has not left a thing out and it would be the only book needed to show you how to make a custom made jacket.
The author shows you tips and secrets for you to reach the result of expensive hand made jackets.He really has put a lot of effort in publishing his book ,it is well done.
This book is not for everyone, it is for those who appreciate the work of hands and who are willing to take the extra time and effort to produce something original.
I only hope to see more books from the author with the same quality .
His books will help preserve this nearly lost art from dying.
I already have a collection of couture sewing books, but was particularly keen to purchase this one, as it was written by a tailor. I had a specific requirement to learn all I could about couture/tailoring techniques, as I am currently making up a Vogue Chanel Style Jacket. I really wanted to ensure I did the best job that I possibly could.
Having briefly read through the book, I am very pleased with the content and I have picked up some great tips.
My need to learn all I could about handworked buttonholes, still hasn't been totally covered. I have been spoiled by seeing the perfect buttonholes worked by a Master Tailor in Canada/USA. Now if I could get him to do a fantastic close up DVD or a book, then my collection would be complete!!
Overall, I would say this is a fantastic, must have book for those of us that sew at home and want to raise the level of our work. Thank you Mr Von Nordheim, a thoroughly fabulous book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Neither practical nor an interesting read about tailoring. Clearly not everything can be covered but essential elements were missing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by I think you should know
Excellent book for making professional-looking outer garments; Only a woman's jacket is featured, but the methods could be applied to a man's jacket or coat for both. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maggie G
Great book, love it!!! If you have patience and want to know how to make your own handmade jacket - this is book for YOU!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you have a good understanding of dressmaking this book is clear and well illustrated to help you create a tailored jacket.Published 10 months ago by proper job
Thomas's book is very detailed and explains difficult areas clearly.Published 13 months ago by Sue Chapman
Excellent tailoring book if you are interested in the real nitty-gritty, hard graft that is the art of tailoring. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J A Ting