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Gentlemen & Tailoring

"Tailoring" as we know it today is a skill that began to develop in the eighteenth century. The articles here, then, cover menswear from the 18th century onwards. Earlier periods are covered in the Medieval-15th c, the 16th century and the 17th century sections, or by clicking the Menswear tag.

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

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How to make up for disproportions such as erect and stooping figures, and how to make your menswear stand out as historical.

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From Court to Empire, Part 1

squareOf course, Napoleon couldn't dress like a deposed courtier. Morgan explores French high fashion from the end of Louis XIV to the fall of Napoleon.

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From Court to Empire, Part 2

w1uq43Great political change is often mirrored by changes in fashion. Morgan continues to explore evolving French Revolutionary fashions....

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From Court to Empire, Part 3

squarepicMorgan concludes that Napoleonic Imperial Court fashions were more inspired by dead French kings than revolutionary spirit...

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WWI Military Uniform 1

icon free smElizabeth takes us through the depths of traditional theatrical tailoring with the construction of this brilliant WWI style military suit.

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WWI Military Uniform 2

SquarepicIn part 2, Elizabeth continues to explore traditional theatrical tailoring as she moves onto the construction of the lining and pockets of her military suit.

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WWI Military Uniform 3

SquarepicIn part 3, Elizabeth continues to explore traditional theatrical tailoring as she completes her WWI-style military suit and adds the final braid and buttons.

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Fashions in Menswear, 1730-1760

DeniseHTeeny1730-1760 marked a transitional period in men's garments as fashion moved away from Baroque styles. Here's the rundown.

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Revolutionary Menswear

Thomas Gainsborough. David Garricksborough. 1770Making sense of the vast array of shirts, breeches, trousers, waistcoats, jackets and coats, stocks, stockings, garters and cravats.

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Norfolk Jackets and Knickerbockers 1

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Put some sporty spice into your look with a Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers. Denise shows us how to get started, with an overview and the pattern.

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Norfolk & Knickerbockers, part 2

SquarePicDenise continues with the fitting and construction of the Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers that she began in Part 1.

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Norfolk & Knickerbockers, Part 3

SquarepicThe patterns, mock-ups and knickerbockers are complete, and it's time to tackle construction of the Norfolk jacket itself. 

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