Saturday, 28 March 2015


Here's a shirt I made recently. The pattern I used is a 1860s pattern from Shirts & Men's Haberdashery 1840s to 1920s. I made the shirt out of some cotton sheeting I had stashed in a drawer. I also used some shirt making techniques for collars and cuff from Shirtmaking by David Coffin which helped the shirt turn out better than the last shirt I made. This shirt went a lot quicker now that I've made a few shirts.

Shirt from 1860s pattern.

Pleated front.

Cuff detail.

Side seam guest.

I used 3/8th china buttons.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Acquisitions: 1890s Walking stick

At this monthes antique show I traded one of my wooden walking sticks for this beautiful 1890s walking stick.

Owners initials J.M.W and the date 1890

tip or ferrule

Monday, 9 March 2015

Acquisitions: Morning Coat

Two weeks ago a very kind gentleman gave me a 1914 morning coat made in newcastle. The gentleman said he got the coat in the 1960s when he traded a Harris Tweed jacket for
 it in the middle of a street in London.

Cuff with hand stitching around the edge.

Close up of button.

Sleeve lining.

Chest quilting.

Close up of Chest quilting.

Tail pocket.

Tag inside pocket with name of the original owner and the date in the bottom left corner.

Inside breast pocket.