- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Crowood Press; 4/21/12 edition (September 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847973736
- ISBN-13: 978-1847973733
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vintage Couture Tailoring Hardcover – September 1, 2012
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Thomas von Nordheim learned traditional tailoring during an apprenticeship in an old-style German couture salon. For seven years he cut and tailored for an illustrious clientele of aristocrats, politicians, and members of international society at the last surviving great London couture house, Lachasse. When the house closed, Thomas established his own successful business offering tailoring to private clients.
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Even if you have no interest in trying it yourself, the beautiful photos of every stage of construction will be a delight to anyone with an appreciation of the tailor's art. The photo of the couture revers in patterned fabric on page 81, the jetted pocket demonstrated in Chapter 8, and the gorgeous set of the sleeve at the end of Chapter 10 alone are worth the price of admission.
A lovely book. An expert work made intelligible for amateurs. A real find. Buy one!
Intended audience: In short, this book covers the construction of a blazer-type garment. I would say that this book is targeted those who are experienced enough with sewing to attempt some meticulous, old-fashioned techniques, such as handmade buttonholes, pad stitching, and shaping with an iron. It is not the sort of book to discuss things like fusible interfacing or other modern shortcuts.
Content: I've read this book from cover to cover a few times, and while I have not tried every technique mentioned in the book, the instructions seem to be extremely clear. I found that both the chapters and sections are well-organized and well-defined.
Visuals: This book has numerous color photographs, but nearly every single one is clear and informative (though not very enlarged. If you have trouble with things like newsprint, these may be troublesome). It does not spend resources on dramatic or artistic photography.
What this book does NOT do: This book does not give you step-by-step instructions on how to drape a blazer, but it will teach you to do things like getting a collar to sit as intended. Also, while the advice about scissors is generally good, I would like to add that someone with smaller or weaker hands would want to go on the smaller end of the recommendation, or a different model that is more lightweight, but still high quality. My palm is three inches across, so attempting to use 12" shears of the all-metal varieties illustrated would be like attempting to wield a pair of hedge clippers with one hand. Instead I use a pair of 9" (very sharp) professional shears that are made to be lightweight, with the metal extending through the handle for strength, but plastic for the grips for comfort and a lighter weight.
The print is faint, and I have to wear my head magnifier to read it, but I'm usually wearing that when I'm sewing anyway. The sentence structure and word usage is different, but learnable if one thinks about it long enough. Its taught me very good details on fabric preparation, hand stitching, and fitting, illustrated via great photos. If only things like this could be more popular these days, sidestepping the cheapness of manufactured clothes that people wear once and throw in the charity bin.