For The Tailor

Across various time periods, these books are particularly useful to those interested in actual construction, as they contain patterns, tailoring instructions, and/or point out useful period details that would be difficult to see in standard reproductions such as paintings or photographs.

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Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women c.1540-1660. Hollywood, CA: Quite Specific Media Group, 2008.

———. Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, c1560-1620. London : New York: Macmillan ; Drama Book, 1985.

Davis, R. I. Men’s Garments, 1830-1900: A Guide to Pattern Cutting and Tailoring. Rev., 2nd ed. Studio City, CA: Players Press, 1994.

Doyle, Robert. The Art of the Tailor: With a Needle, a Thimble and 10,000 Stitches. Stratford, Ont.: Sartorial Press Publications, 2005.

Maclochlainn, Jason. The Victorian Tailor: An Introduction to Period Tailoring. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011.

Waugh, Norah. The Cut of Men’s Clothes: 1600-1900. New York: Routledge, 1964.