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Making Victorian Costumes for Men

By Sil Devilly

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ISBN: 9781785005756
PUBLISHED: 01/07/2019
PAGES: 160
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 297x210 mm
INSIDE: 232 colour photographs and patterns

During Queen Victoria's long reign there were constant, often subtle, changes to men's clothing in the large, diverse and growing population. This practical book guides you through the male fashions of the time and includes eighteen garments typical of the era. Each project is carefully grounded in historical research, while traditional tailoring techniques are simplified for the modern costume maker. It is an essential handbook and is packed with detailed advice that will inform, instruct and inspire.


  • Describes essential fabrics and tools for pattern drafting, tailoring and costume construction, and explains how to get the best results from each
  • Covers a wide variety of gentleman's attire adaptable for different occupations and social status, including assorted shirts, trousers, breeches, a tailcoat, a jacket, a frockcoat and several waistcoats
  • Gives a full set of patterns for each outfit, along with clear, full colour, construction photographs showing straightforward methods and helpful tricks and tips
  • Suggests how outfits can be adapted to fit different sizes and characters, and gives practical insights into the making process

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" Devilly's historical and practical knowledge is immense, and she demonstrates a respect for historical interpretation, whilst engaging with modern practices and time-saving tips. The attention to detail is impressive. Significantly, she shows an understanding of the industry's requirements absent from other publications, gives thorough and clear guidance and is dedicated to the high-level production of a wide variety of garments. In Making Victorian Costumes for Men, Devilly has succeeded in translating her haptic understanding of the craft into an informative, manageable and enrapturing guide. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Studies in Costume & Performance Volume 5 Number 2

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