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Vintage Couture Tailoring

By Thomas von Nordheim

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ISBN: 9781847973733
PUBLISHED: 06/06/2012
PAGES: 160
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 260x215 mm
INSIDE: 417 colour photographs

Traditional tailoring is a fascinating craft, which has not changed for many centuries, however, the techniques are now known only by a few practising in the best couture ateliers and bespoke tailor's workrooms. Nothing feels quite so luxurious or sophisticated as bespoke clothes, but the tailoring skills they require are often seen to be shrouded in mystery and the clothes therefore only accessible to the rich and famous. This practical book reveals the trade secrets of couture tailoring and brings vintage couture tailoring within the reach of all.

With step-by-step photographs and professional tips throughout, it shows how a ladies' jacket is made and thereby introduces a range of fundamental tailoring techniques. These can be used for garments for either gender, as well as other sewing projects:

  • Moulding fabric to shape with the iron
  • Employing loose interfacings
  • Hollow shoulder construction
  • Pad stitching canvas
  • Interlining and weighting hems
  • Making tailored and bound buttonholes
  • .... and many more forgotten techniques

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Latest Reviews
" I have the e-book version from the library and will buy the book. While other books contain similar information, the detailed photos of every step - to illustrate the construction of a single jacket - are the real treasures. The use of the same garment/fabric eliminates any possible confusion that can occur in other books where pictures focus on a velvet sleeve here, tweed lapels there. This is the real, hand worked, step by step tailoring that is so rare, and it can enhance the technique of every clothing maker, tailor or no. Even the non-professional will find their sewing improved to a degree only previously possible in an extended workshop or course. Inspiring! "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Terry Nordoff-Perusse

" The attention to detail is intense, but it makes complete sense coming from a man who observes "traditional handcraft tailoring in its pure form is the base for all other sewing. A tailor can make a dress, but a dressmaker cannot make a tailored jacket." "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Publishers Weekly

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