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...

Pockets and Collar Details

Here are a few photos of today’s work. Since the enlisted frock coats were unlined in the skirt, the tail pockets are exposed. The following photo shows a completed pocket, still with basting stitches in place. It is made out of a brown polished cotton, with a...

Ladies Single-Breasted Frock Pattern

While making over two dozen frock coats for Connecticut Valley Field Music, I inevitably came across the issue of having to fit women into a man’s coat. For the first couple of women’s coats, I used the same Devere’s pattern as the men. This worked...

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...

Federal Enlisted Trousers

These trousers were custom made for a gentleman in the New England Brigade, a local reenactment group. One of the customizations I made was to put the watch pocket on the left side of the trousers, as he is left-handed. They are half lined with polished cotton,...

Staying the Fork

Most of you have experienced a pair of trousers developing holes and tears in the crotch, probably at the least convenient time. Tailors have developed a way to help prevent these issues, called staying the fork. Since this area of the trousers takes the most stress,...

Remembrance Day

I will be attending Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, PA this coming weekend. If you are interested in commissioning any clothing, I’ll be available for measurements and consultation, or fittings, on Friday, Nov. 20, Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday morning on the...
New Design

New Design

I’ve switched to a new layout. It’s a simpler design, and more of my style. While I’ll never be 100% satisfied with a design, this should enable me to do things more easily on the site. For instance, I now have a featured article on the top of the...