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The well-tailored jacket, always in style, is one of the
most challenging, popular, and satisfying sewing projects.
Tailoring is the classic guide to the required techniques.
Step-by-step instructions and close-up photographs help hobby sewers get
professional results. Tailoring covers all three tailoring
methods (custom or hand, machine, and fusible) and the complete process
from fabric selection to finishing touches. There are detailed
instructions on adjusting the pattern for proper fit, which is critical
for good results. Tailoring is all about impeccable details, and
Tailoring shows how to achieve them, from the roll of the collar
to a perfect pocket.

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Reviews for Tailoring: The Classic Guide To Sewing The Perfect Jacket:

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February 6, 2006

Strongly recommend!
"Tailoring : The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket" is the BEST book on sewing a classicly tailored jacket - and I have read ALL of them! There are step-by-step pictures and excellent explanations. I found it much easier and more helpful than the Cabrero text. The book explains both the hand couture and machine methods of jacket tailoring. To supplement this text I'd also recommend Mary Ellen Flury's book, "Tailoring Ladies Jackets" along with anything by Sandra Betzina and Kenneth D. King.
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May 15, 2007

comprehensive illustrated tailoring guide
This is a fully illustrated guide to the three main methods of tailoring: custom tailoring done by hand, machine tailoring, and tailoring using fusible interfacing. The book is quite comprehensive, covering the entire process of making a tailored jacket from selecting the materials, including a detailed section on different types of interfacings, through fitting the pattern, cutting and marking, and all steps of construction for the three methods. There is an illustrated guide to the tools used in tailoring, detailed instructions for several kinds of pockets including patch pockets, lined patch pockets, welt pockets, single welt pockets and welt pockets with flaps, and a section on bound buttonholes. Linings are also covered, including hand installation of linings, machine installation of linings, partial linings, and how to make partial or full linings for an unlined jacket pattern. The book focuses on jackets with notched collars, explaining that these require the most tailoring, but shawl collars are also covered. Other types of collars are not specifically addressed.

The book is clear and comprehensive, and a great choice for anyone wishing to learn tailoring. I do have a few criticisms. Some things are explained in great detail, such as the pockets and a section on threads, equipment and techniques for hand sewing. Some others are not and omit a few details that would have been helpful. For instance, the book explains that taping the front is done in custom tailoring but not necessary in machine or fusible tailoring, and it clearly explains how to tape the front step by step and with full color photo illustration. It doesn't explain why taping the front is important or what it does. I found out courtesy of one of Claire Schaeffer's couture patterns for Vogue that taping the front weights it so that the fronts of the jacket hang perpendicular to the floor even when the jacket is open instead of slanting. The book mentions jump pleats in the lining section but doesn't explain how to form one. There is a section comparing the three methods and examples of how one might use a combination of methods, but it doesn't really explain the pros and cons of each method. The author also seems to have a few personal biases, such as recommending against silk as a lining material because it can get water stains under the arms.

Overall it is a very good guide but I would recommend supplementing it with other books if you really want to get into the subject.
4

September 29, 2007

Excellent Tailoring Reference
I agree with everyone's opinions here and confirm that this book has the same content in the Singer Tailoring book that is part of the useful Singer Sewing Reference Lirary series published in 1988 by Cy DeCosse Inc. The table of content are a spot-on-match to the Singer original as are the clear photos using contrasting thread for clarity.
The explantions of using fusible interfacing (which tailoring purist in the past would turn their nose up at as being low class and cheap) and machine stitching instead of pad-stitiching, both of which are found in today's expensive Armani clothes, are very helpful.
I have just about every tailoring book published, including the Adele Margolis, Roberto Cabrera and Stanley Hostek classics, but this is the book I reach for often.
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March 17, 2007

Lots of pictures
This is a really good book on tailoring jackets. I'm a person who needs to see it, and this book has "400 how-to photographs" that do a good job of giving close up photos of exactly what is being described. This book is certianlly worth adding to a sewing library.
4

August 29, 2006

Tailoring: Classic Guide
I was looking for the original Singer "Tailoring" Book but evidently they no longer make it, and no one on EBAY is willing to sell it....so I looked into this book which has some great tailoring techniques and photos, but sadly it only covers jackets and not pants and skirts as well like the original Singer book did. sigh.
3

January 21, 2011

Confusing content
The content in the book appears top notch, however I bought this book to try and get into tailoring/hobby sewing under the impression this was a book on tailoring jackets...and yet there is ONLY photos of womens jackets inside. The techniques in all likelihood are transferable to mens clothing but it is EXTREMELY confusing to receive a book called 'Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket' that has no mention whatsoever of mens clothing when classically women did not even begin to wear suits until the 19th century, and not in large enough numbers to even really mention until the 1970's.

Very much debating returning to amazon for being so misleading but I will have to speak with my tailor friend first and ask if the techniques can be transferred.
5

June 28, 2011

Very good overview of tailoring with photos
I have read that this book was once part of the excellent Singer Sewing series, and I would believe that, since it follows the exact same format. One should know that it is also available from a different publisher with a different cover photo...if it's about 128 pages, it's likely the same book.

I have almost finished reading it. With the great step-by-step photos it has been a pleasure. I very seldom found myself wanting more detail. Even if you do not plan to tailor, if you have an interest in clothing this book is worth the price. You will learn to identify the marks of quality workmanship and fitting as well as have a better appreciation of what goes into this craft.

I regularly find myself scanning jackets and coats used in television and movies, checking fit and details. You might not think about tailoring as being one of the 'production values' that distinuishes local TV from national programming...until you read this book!
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September 5, 2012

Tailoring by Creative Publishing
This book is a re-packaged, re-marketed book previously published as a Singer sewing book on tailoring. With a new cover you might be fooled, as I was, to the tume of 18.84. The Singer sewing publication is available through Amozon.com for about $6.00 plus shipping. Do yourself a favor and
shop around. Check out used book stores. BernieLearTailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect JacketTailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket
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April 12, 2014

Visually heavy, and that is a good thing
This book is visually heavy. Meaning it uses a lot of images to show you the process of getting fabric and making a suite jacket. There is one section, making the collar, I thought could do with a bit more explanation, as it took me a few times to get it right. They really just needed to show another angel when it came to the photos.

If you're making suites or are thinking of making a nice dinner jacket I would get this.
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June 11, 2012

Good for women's tailoring
This book is good if you only want to do women's tailoring and is limited to jackets only, no tailored pants. It has clear images and provides good examples of basic techniques you need to have to be able to make a decent jacket - how to grade seams, deal with bulky darts, pad-stitching and importantly, how to properly press a garment.

It also provides you with alternative technqiues - whether you want to machine make the whole thing with glue interfacing, custom make the garment with hair canvas or half/half.

This book is comprehensive enough for a sewer with high or intermediate-high skills.

The pictures are very good but some things are better learnt through demonstrations such as - welt pockets - that section for me was more a refresher rather than a lesson on how to.
4

May 13, 2008

The most comprehensive book on tailoring
I have not come across a book that would go into so much detail as this one. Although the styles are slightly outdated, the methods still hold their own in the world of fashion. As a teacher at a design school this book is absolutely essential in the construction process.
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Oct 12, 2013

I actually got this book quite recently, so I haven't used it as a reference for my other sewing projects. I was quite excited to get a new sewing book and as I was inspired by my in-progress jacket projects I read through it quite quickly. Tailoring focuses completely on sewing a tailored jacket, so it isn't a great general sewing book, but it does do a nice job of considering the many options available for creating a tailored jacket. It covers custom (aka hand sewing), machine, and fusible I actually got this book quite recently, so I haven't used it as a reference for my other sewing projects. I was quite excited to get a new sewing book and as I was inspired by my in-progress jacket projects I read through it quite quickly. Tailoring focuses completely on sewing a tailored jacket, so it isn't a great general sewing book, but it does do a nice job of considering the many options available for creating a tailored jacket. It covers custom (aka hand sewing), machine, and fusible techniques for structuring the interior of the jacket. It also covers basic fit alterations, tailoring tools, fabric choices, and procedures for sewing common jacket details such as welt pockets, bound button holes, and vents.

I got this book because I had heard many good reviews and recommendations on several other blogs and on pattern review. However, after reading through it I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I think that while this book does do well in covering all of the topics one would consider when embarking on a detailed tailoring project, it doesn't quite have the depth that I would expect from a book discussing an aspect of sewing where attention to detail and fit is key. The overview of tools and fabrics was nice, but I would have liked to have a few more details on exactly how to use all of those fancy tools (especially the ones that I don't yet own - how else will I know what to ask for as a birthday present?). Also, the section on correcting fit issues seems cursory at best. Obviously this isn't a book dedicated to fit alterations, but I still felt that many of the more common problems weren't covered in enough detail. Also, while I felt that many of the sewing instructions were quite good, I did feel like some of the more complicated procedures (like bound buttonholes, welts, and vents) could have used more detailed explanations and more photographs.

It isn't that this is a bad book, but I think that I have read or used too many other sewing books that this one just feels a bit light on the content. Actually, I also recently acquired a used copy of the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing, and I find I am turning to that book quite a bit more for technical advice. I mean, it has at least four different methods for creating bound buttonholes. Also, I am a bit spoiled as my mother had found Tailoring: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques at a used bookstore, and that volume is quite a bit more detailed and complete, especially as far as fit is concerned. The one upside to The Classic Guide over Traditional and Contemporary Techniques is the color photographs are quite nice, but when it comes to actual content Contemporary Techniques wins out across the board.

In the end I would say that Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket is a good sewing book, but not a great sewing book. I think this book would be a good first tailoring book because it covers a nice range of topics without being overwhelming in depth. I did very much like how it presented the information about the interior structure of jackets (such as backstays, sleeve heads, and interfacing options). However, if you have another good reference book (or several that cover various topics in depth), then you can probably skip having this book in your collection. If you are worried about sewing a jacket or afraid of tailoring because of all the details then I think this book would be a good starting point. If you are a bit more advanced in your sewing skills then you would probably do better choosing a more technical or advanced text. ...more
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Jun 07, 2009

Tailoring covers methods of jacket construction almost from the big bang. The required notions, choosing fabrics and interfacing and construction steps are all documented with concise text and photographs. The book covers traditional bespoke techniques and also the faster ways with modern materials.

I've found the "Tailored Hems" and method for lining a back vent very useful techniques for dress and skirts too.

The photos are a bit dated but that doesn't detract from the wealth of information.

The Tailoring covers methods of jacket construction almost from the big bang. The required notions, choosing fabrics and interfacing and construction steps are all documented with concise text and photographs. The book covers traditional bespoke techniques and also the faster ways with modern materials.

I've found the "Tailored Hems" and method for lining a back vent very useful techniques for dress and skirts too.

The photos are a bit dated but that doesn't detract from the wealth of information.

The book is a reprint of the Singer version, no longer in print. I was thrilled to find the Tailoring reprint as my local library wants their Singer version back. ...more
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Oct 10, 2016

Amazing book. It has been reprinted many times, which is good - too many good sewing books are out of print, with high prices on ebay.
The book is very detailed, with a lot of beautiful photos and explanations. It covers all important topics of sewing a jacket (or a coat) like interfacing, interlining, also pressing and so on.
For me, most valuable parts are step by step instructions (precious for patterns with lack of instructions, like Burda or Lutterloh book from 1955) and the section for Amazing book. It has been reprinted many times, which is good - too many good sewing books are out of print, with high prices on ebay.
The book is very detailed, with a lot of beautiful photos and explanations. It covers all important topics of sewing a jacket (or a coat) like interfacing, interlining, also pressing and so on.
For me, most valuable parts are step by step instructions (precious for patterns with lack of instructions, like Burda or Lutterloh book from 1955) and the section for adding insulation for warmth. ...more
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Apr 11, 2009

This book is a must have for your sewing library. Having recently completed a lengthy and very involved coat project, this was my tailoring bible. I referred to it continuously through out the sewing process, having read it literally from cover to cover which is easy due to the excellent photography and straightforward and concise writing. It begins with the tailoring basics, fabric selection, hand-sewing techniques and proceeds from there. It is the attention to details that culminates in a This book is a must have for your sewing library. Having recently completed a lengthy and very involved coat project, this was my tailoring bible. I referred to it continuously through out the sewing process, having read it literally from cover to cover which is easy due to the excellent photography and straightforward and concise writing. It begins with the tailoring basics, fabric selection, hand-sewing techniques and proceeds from there. It is the attention to details that culminates in a finely finished garment and this book guides you through it. Excellent sewing guide. ...more
5

Apr 27, 2012

I should really buy this instead of checking it out of the library constantly. Maybe I'll start my jacket one of these days!

ETA: Now that I'm 3/4 of the way through tailoring my first outwear (Simplicity 5669 cape), this book is even more helpful than I first thought. I have referred to it constantly through pressing, padstitching, clipping and trimming, and now hemming the body of my cape. I'm guessing I'll be leaning on it as much while I line - along with the Guide to Sewing Linings.
3

Nov 16, 2016

Boring but informative! For a newb to this type of tailoring such as myself, anyway.
4

Jun 03, 2012

A Fantastic book for people who aren't that used to the more advanced sewing techniques. A ton of pictures detailing several different methods make this a really easy to follow and helpful guide.
5

November 5, 2009

Superb Book and Great Price
I've taken some evening clothing construction courses at F.I.T. In the intermediate sewing class that served as an introduction to making jackets this book was the recommended reference. It's terrific, lots of clear pictures, and side-by-side comparisons of three different methods: Hand, machine, and mixed. In our class, we primarily used machine methods on wool we had fused with some hand touches. But what's great about it is that if you want to try to do more sophisticated tailoring, the information's there.

I've heard about the tailoring series by Roberto Cabrera and others (Cabrera, I understand was an F.I.T. professor). I assume it wasn't recommended for my course because it's either too high-level or too expensive. But I hope to pursue tailoring and will probably buy the Cabrera books in the future.

For the beginner to advanced intermediate, this is a wonderful book. (It's such a rare pleasure to praise something that is both high quality and extremely reasonably priced.).
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July 4, 2011

Not for beginners
This is an excellent book for those who know how to sew. Making a well fitting jacket requires a lot of time and patience and hand sewing. This book shows you how to achieve that end. The photos and explanations will guide you along to completion. Matching up plaids and stripes - choosing fabric and interfacing - the proper way to press the fabric at all stages. Truly a wonderful book for making a well fitting jacket.
5

February 23, 2018

Five Stars
Excellent resource book.
3

March 17, 2018

This book is an average guide.
Three thumbs up.
3

July 27, 2014

after this purchase I still was not satisfied, needed more details for the mens Jacket
I wanted mens Jacket info, after this purchase I still was not satisfied, needed more details for the mens Jacket.
4

June 21, 2012

Home sewer amping up to tailoring.
I'm an experienced home sewer, taking the skills up a notch my teaching myself tailoring. This waa among the three books I purchased, on recommendation. My first jacket was STUNNING!
4

August 25, 2011

Great Tips
I'm not a very experienced tailor but I alreay know a lot of tips and methods of sewing. This book is basically about HOW to sew not only a good jacket, but all garments.

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