Sunday, 17 November 2013

Acquisitions: New iron

Today i got a vintage no steam iron for $20. It's not quite heavy enough. It's about 4 to 5 pounds. I would like one that is about 10 pounds. I'm still very happy whth it. Hopefully soon I can get it checked by a electrician to make sure it's safe.

I also got some heavy wool fabric to make an ulster top coat for a friend.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Victorian Outfit

Here's some work I've done over the past year.

These are some photos of the first outfit I made. I'm wearing a vintage bowler hat I bought at the vancouver flea market, and a frock coat I just finished making.

In the two photos below I'm wearing the full outfit I made, as well as my vintage top hat

Cream Waistcoat

Cream WaistcoatCotton twill vest. This is one of my recent pieces. I drafted it myself using The Cutter's Practical Guide 1893-1898 by W. D. F. Vincent
The drafting went very smoothly until I got to the part that referred to the 'Vincent's Registered Square' - whatever that is. From there on I had to wing it.
Vest Button Detail
Self covered button detail.

Victorian Tailoring Reference Books

I've been researching Victorian tailoring and am working on drafting my own patterns.
These are the books I'm using.
The Victorian Tailor
The Victorian Tailor by Jason Maclochlainn is from my own collection. It's a great general guide for period tailoring.
Men's Garments 1830-1900 by R.I. Davis is a reference book from the library. Since it's the only copy in the Vancouver library system, I was able to sign it out for one week. It's a great reference for pattern drafting. I find the patterns very easy to draft and the instructions are easy to follow.
The Complete Guide to Practical Cutting by Edward Minister & Son is an interesting book to look through, although I didn't use it for any of my current projects. It has really good information on regulations for 1850's military uniforms.