Sunday, 13 September 2015


The Tailor and Cutter Academy SYSTEMS OF CUTTING All Kinds of Tailor Made Garments 1910 by W.D.F. Vincent 
Published by The John Williamson Company Limited, 
I've made this book available for download in Books and References.

 This is one of Vincent’s later works from 1910. This would be great for drafting men's and women’s Edwardian or Great War era clothing. The book has patterns for civilian clothing, as well as military and civil uniforms.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Frock Coat: Pattern

I've been wanting a wool frock coat for the last two years and I'm finally going to make one. I going to take this project slowly as I want to do the best I can. The frock coat will be 1850s to 1870s in style.  I made two patterns using different methods, so I can experiment and compare the two and see which gives me the best fit.

The pattern below is one that I copied from an original 1850s frock coat in a private collection. The frock coat was a near perfect fit so I was give permission to copy a pattern from it.

Pattern copied from an original 1850s frock coat.

This is the original frock coat that I copied the pattern from.

The next pattern I drafted with Devere's. Its fairly similar to the one above. I'm going make a muslin from each pattern and compare the fit.

Pattern I drafted with Devere's.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Royal Engineers Forage Cap

This is a cap I made for a friend at Fort Langley who portrays a Royal Engineer of the Columbia Detachment. A nice quick one day project.