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Detail from The Bridesmaid, James TissotWho'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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tailoress
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but the "YWU Download" links are all coming up as 404 errors for me, and the "US Google Books link" just shows me the snippet view - there doesn't seem to be any way to access the text of the book. Can you help please?! (I'm in the UK)
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manon
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
I have the same problem, Netherlands here :)
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hanna
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
Me too. Although I'll be very happy when it's fixed.

For note I've just taken delivery of a copy of "Late Victorian Women's Tailoring: The Direct System of Ladies' Cutting (1897)' Again Thomas Holding, but not available on line as this is a copy of the original - literally, the publishers have photocopied the book and reprinted it!

In it I see my own grail... gloves and plumed hats all!

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bestinterests
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
Same problem, I am in California
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totc_42
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
I've just checked the Google links (California) and they are working brilliantly! Thanks so much; this is truly wonderful resource stuff!!
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mmcnealy
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
Sorry about all the trouble! The YWU download links are fixed now.
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ravenmeisje
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
The YWU download for the first book The Author's Masterpiece: A Correct Method for Measuring and Drafting Coats by Oliver T. and son, 1855 gives me the download from A Concise Treatise on Ladies and Misses' Tight-fitting Garments, by Moschcowitz Brothers, 1886....
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mmcnealy
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
The link for the 1855 book is fixed now.
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thejewboy
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
I'm probably being a bit dense but I can't see how to download the books in pdf format? Can anyone help?
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artisticcrazy
Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy
I can't see any links to download the books either, can someone guide me? I'm outside the US, so I can't view these books at all.

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