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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

Who'd like a shelf full of free Victorian tailoring manuals? Yes, I knew that would prick up your ears! It's been a full year since Marion last shared a collection of dressmaking and sewing books. Inspired by Jason's series, she's been building another collection: mens' and womens' wear tailoring books from 1855-1886.

Looking for riding habit ideas? Searching for cutting instructions for a Norfolk jacket or a Newmarket skirt and jacket? We've got the answers here, in these complete digitised online copies of original Victorian books, ready for you to download and enjoy.

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A Banqueting Suit

A Banqueting Suit

Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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1785 Riding Habit

1785 Riding Habit

Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.

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Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 1

Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 1

In a new series, Naomi Barnes constructs an 1890s ladies walking outfit, starting with researching and making a tailored waistcoat. 

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Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 2

Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 2

Finally, Mrs. Pretty's 1915 velvet-trimmed ensemble is complete with her classic teens tailored skirt and jacket, and spectacular hat.

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Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 1

Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 1

It's a new year, 1915, and Mrs. Pretty needs a new outfit. Here, Julia starts on the construction of an elegant teens walking suit.

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Tailored Details for Trousers

Tailored Details for Trousers

Details matter in tailored clothes. Nicole gives us a crash course in advanced high-end finishes that will elevate any garment.

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Perfect Welt Pockets

Perfect Welt Pockets

Tailoring depends on well finished details like pockets. Here are four styles of welt pockets that will make your sewing look professional.

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WWI Military Uniform 1

WWI Military Uniform 1

Elizabeth 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

WWI Military Uniform 2

In 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

WWI Military Uniform 3

In 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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Victorian Trousers, pt 2

Victorian Trousers, pt 2

Jason gives detailed instructions on constructing the period trousers he showed us how to draft last month.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

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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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Authentic period techniques, simplified for the benefit of tailoring beginners. In part 5, Jason fits and finishes the jacket.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

In our fourth instalment, we're finally ready to get into the art and the nitty-gritty of historical tailoring by hand and machine.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 3

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 3

The third instalment features an exclusive set of patterns for YWU members: Jason shows you how to get the best out of them.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 2

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 2

A complete guide to period fabric weights and types, transferring the pattern to card, cutting out the pieces and economical lays.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 1

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 1

Starting with the complete basics of proper tailoring, Jason works towards constructing a late Victorian jacket.

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