Drafting a Gentleman’s Night Cap

For a slight change of pace, we will learn how to draft a gentleman’s nightcap today. I was in need of one a few months ago, and whipped the whole thing up in about in hour – drafting and sewing included. This draft will give you the basic shape of the...

The Tailor and Cutter

There is a unique opportunity to acquire the following four antique tailoring journals from Jason Maclochlainn, author of The Victorian Tailor. As these are expensive volumes, I am trying to get together a group purchase. I will collect the funds, send them to Jason,...

Cutting a Silk Waistcoat

Today I worked on cutting out a silk waistcoat, drafted from Devere, 1866. I obtained the silk brocade from Needle and Thread in Pennsylvania a few years ago, and plan to wear this with my linen frock coat for summer. To start off, I drafted the proportionate...

Another Frock Coat

It seems these Enlisted Frock Coats have become my specialty. My latest is number twenty five. Here are some photos with brief descriptions for your enjoyment. First we have a coat in one of the early stages of production, the skeleton baste. In preparation for the...