I've been going through old e-mails before I delete them to get them out of inbox, and I thought people might be interested in these reviews.
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> From: Laura Stewart
> Date: June 7, 2012 12:54:19 PM PDT
> I purchased The Victorian Tailor:An Introduction to Period Tailoring
> as well as Men's Garments 1830-1900: A Guide to Pattern Cutting and
> The Victorian Tailor is mostly a book about hand sewing techniques. I
> am largely set in my ways on many of these topics, having been sewing
> since before I can actually remember, and yet a few items changed my
> life about as much as Vogue Sewing did when I was about 10.
> Particularly, there is an excellent section on hand sewing
> buttonholes, which I have always been just terrible at, and my
> practice buttonholes are almost at the point that I prefer them to
> letting the machine do it, if I'm ignoring time spent. The
> instructions on sewing techniques are VERY detailed, down to which
> hand to place where and what angle to take when driving in the needle,
> etc. I speculate that for someone less set in their ways, this might
> be very helpful, if perhaps a bit frustrating to go through each tiny
> step. I think I might well utilize it if I find myself ever again
> teaching a friend to sew. While I doubt I'll utilize very much
> besides the buttonholes method, it's a nice reference, and I'm happy
> to have it. The drafting section is sketchy and short. There's also
> interesting historical notes unrelated to technique.
> I am EXTREMELY happy with Men's Garments 1830-1900. The drafting
> instructions are excellent for me. Word of caution, however: they are
> exactly nothing like the modern fashion school method of pattern
> drafting from sloper patterns. They are however very similar to my
> self-taught drafting method, so I personally found them very easy. I
> imagine this MIGHT be hard for people that are not great at geometry.
> Other reviews (on Amazon) have noted that while there are many pieces
> available for different collars, different sleeve shapes, etc., it
> doesn't really spell out exactly where these are. I didn't really
> find this to be a problem.