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Tailoring of the Belle Epoque by W. D. F. Vincent
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Feb 02, 2012

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bookshelves: tailoring, sewing, 1900-1910, fashion, england, patterns, dress

Tailoring Of The Belle Epoque: Vincent's Systems Of Cutting All Kinds Of Tailor Made Garments is an interesting book for the very experienced sewer or those with tailoring experience, but is strictly not for beginners. The patterns cannot be used as they are, but must be custom drafted and adjusted. With abundant patterns for men and a brief section for women, it might make a fascinating textbook for a class.

It's a reprint of an original 1903 tailors' manual by W. D. F. Vincent, a prominent tailor. The introduction says the system given here is simpler than his earlier ones, but that doesn't mean it's very simple. You have to know how to draft your own patterns to make these work right.

On the other hand, if you can do that this is a treasure trove of men's tailored garments from, oh, about 1890 to 1903. There are patterns for pants, coats, uniforms and mess jackets, frock coats and naval coats, clerical gowns and policemen's overcoats. There are fewer ladies' patterns, but there is some interesting information about the very weird riding skirts and trousers for horseback.

This would be an excellent resource for experienced sewers in theater, living history museums, and re-enactors' groups.
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