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Gentlemen & Tailoring

"Tailoring" as we know it today is a skill that began to develop in the eighteenth century. The articles here, then, cover menswear from the 18th century onwards. Earlier periods are covered in the Medieval-15th c, the 16th century and the 17th century sections, or by clicking the Menswear tag.

A History of Trouser Drafting

SquarepicNeed some trousers? YWU Competition winner Charlotte Thomasius traces the history of fashion and cutting in mens' pants.

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How to Make 1820s Trousers

squarpicThere are many styles of trousers through history, and many pattern making methods. Here's how to draft trousers from 1822 and 1826.

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How to Make 1860s Trousers

squarepicContinuing Charlotte's investigation of men's trousers of the 1800s. In this installment, she drafts and tests a pair from 1867.

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Perfect Welt Pockets

iconTailoring depends on well finished details like pockets. Here are four styles of welt pockets that will make your sewing look professional.

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How to Make Edwardian Trousers

iconCharlotte concludes her series on patterning and making 19th century men's trousers with this smart Edwardian pair from 1901.

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Tailored Details for Trousers

iconDetails matter in tailored clothes. Nicole gives us a crash course in advanced high-end finishes that will elevate any garment.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 1

Lounge jacket, 1898

Starting with the complete basics of proper tailoring, Jason works towards constructing a late Victorian jacket.

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How to Make 1840s Trousers

squarepic Patterning and observing the fit and style of a properly made pair of trousers for the gentleman of the 1840s. With drafting instructions.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 2

Lounge suits, 1897

A complete guide to period fabric weights and types, transferring the pattern to card, cutting out the pieces and economical lays.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 3

Degas, The Cotton Factory, 1873, detail

The third instalment features an exclusive set of patterns for YWU members: Jason shows you how to get the best out of them.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

Lounge jacket, 1898

In our fourth instalment, we're finally ready to get into the art and the nitty-gritty of historical tailoring by hand and machine.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Lounge jackets, 1898

Authentic period techniques, simplified for the benefit of tailoring beginners. In part 5, Jason fits and finishes the jacket.

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