Vintage Couture Tailoring

By Thomas von Nordheim
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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