Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What I'm Reading: Modern Custom Tailoring

Now if there's a vibe emanating from the cover of this book, that vibe is NOT "modern".

I'm undertaking an intimidating project this month: a winter coat for my husband. I need all the help I can get, but when I searched the catalogue at my library for "tailoring" this is the only book they had that focused on menswear. The original copyright is from 1950, but this is supposedly an update from 1993. Uhhh...okay.

ANYWAY. The book covers the process for making a high-end custom men's suit (pants and jacket). Since I'm making a coat, it's not 100% applicable, but it's pretty darn close. One thing I realized while reading this book is that I am NOT prepared for all the hand-work that goes with fine tailoring. Hand-basting, pad-stitching, sew-in interfacing...these things are slightly clearer to me than they were, say, a year ago, but I still think they're a bit beyond my current skill set. Or at least beyond my budget!

What I really liked about this book is that there wasn't much fluff. There were a lot of lists of steps, which appealed to my "just tell me how!" side. At some point, I'd like to satisfy my "just tell me why!" side, but I'm not sure this is the book for that.

So help me out! Are there are good resources for coat making? Even if they're about womenswear? I have another book on reserve for me at the library, but I feel like coat-making must be a lost art.

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