Coat Measurements

Coat Measurements

Before the first stitch is made, and before the drafting pencil ever touches the paper, measurements must be taken. When measuring, the goal is to obtain as much information about the client’s figure as possible. Since most of my work involves Devere’s...
Ladies’ Skirt Cutting

Ladies’ Skirt Cutting

Learning to draft clothing patterns can be very intimidating at first. There are pages and pages of instructions to read, such as with Devere’s manual, or it can be full of points to draft out, such as with a coat pattern. It might be a good idea to start...
The Modern Tailor, Clothier and Outfitter

The Modern Tailor, Clothier and Outfitter

Tailoring knowledge has traditionally passed down from master to apprentice, with little written down. Tailors had their own secret methods of construction, and were not keen on other tailors gaining this knowledge. Sadly, this has led to there being very little...
Enlisted Frock Coats

Enlisted Frock Coats

Since September of last year, I’ve been working on a major project. Outfitting my fife and drum corps, Connecticut Valley Field Music, with completely new uniforms. Our current uniforms are about 8 years old, falling apart, and weren’t made very well to...
Full of Lint

Full of Lint

I regularly clean and oil my sewing machine, a vintage Singer 201 built in 1939. It can be counted on to run beautifully most of the time, with perfectly straight stitches, and almost noiselessly, compared to other machines I’ve used. However, I ran into an...

Welcome to Williams Clothiers

Welcome to the new website for Williams Clothiers. I specialize in recreating clothing from the mid-1800s, and in particular, the American Civil War. In the future, I plan to post about tailoring techniques, drafting, new projects, and other information that I feel...