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Vintage Couture Tailoring Hardcover – 21 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (21 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847973736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847973733
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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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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I have many tailoring books and couture sewing technique books. I cut my own patterns and have a preference for classic tailored clothes. However, I have no formal training and there is nowhere local to get any , so books are my sole source of knowledge. This is the most detailed, well photographed book in my collection. It is clear, logical, well described and the photos are in colour , crisply detailed and a good size so you can actually see the step being taught. (Too many books have scarce photos and they are in B&W, so you struggle to see detail) If I was only able to keep one book, this would be the one I would save.
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I studied tailoring at college for four years and now work as a theatrical tailor, so I have a LOT of tailoring books, both new and old. This is far and away the best book I've seen on women's tailoring, and quite possibly on all tailoring, full stop. The title is perhaps a bit misleading in that respect - 'vintage' and 'couture' are irrelevant. This is traditional bespoke tailoring, and 95% of the techniques would apply equally to menswear.

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.
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This book is a must have for anyone who is interesting in couture tailoring. I eagerly awaited the publication of this book after Mr von Nordheim was recommended to me as a tutor: I was not disappointed. The book guides you step by step through the processes involved in creating a jacket. The text is clearly written and enhanced by the numerous pictures. Mr von Nordheim puts the subject into context historically and also explains the techniques, tools and materials used in couture tailoring clearly and concisely. Each chapter of the book deals with a specific aspect of the process, rather than detailing the creation of a jacket following the sequence of work. I found this structure particularly useful when using the book as a reference e.g. when making buttonholes or pockets. The techniques in the book are not difficult, however they demand time, practice and attention to detail to execute properly. This book has become a favorite of mine in the short time I've owned it. My sewing, especially hand sewing skills have improved exponentially since owning this book.
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When I first received the book I just had to order another one for myself and one for a dear friend of mine who is helping me more than anyone can imagine on how to draft and sew my own clothes.
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.
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I choose to purchase this book, after it being recommended on a blog.

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.
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