So, I’ve been studying tailoring for going on 5 years now, and I’ve never yet hand-drafted a pattern using a pencil and paper. I figured that needed to change, and I set off to do this about two months ago. In order to draft, I required a drafting square. Once again, being low on money and believing in making things myself influenced me to create my own drafting square. So, of course, I overdid it, and not only did I make a square, but I made an overall accurate reproduction of a vintage 1907 tailor’s square, originally put out by Lufkin Rule Company.
Once I had some working prototypes I went on to actually try my hand at drafting for the first time, and of course I picked a Prince Albert Frock Coat. Why not? ;D Continue reading if you care for the details and a video!Read More»
I’ve made a 1:1 scale template for creating a tailor’s square, otherwise known as a Tailor’s L-Rule. The template was based off of Fredrick Croonborg’s page illustration from the 1907 Supreme System by Fredrick Croonborg. With this, anyone can now download the PDF or layered Adobe Illustrator file and create an accurate reproduction of the classic imperial unit tailor’s square. The Adobe Illustrator file comes with two artboards: One which is a composite template of the entire square, in layers, and the second contains separate pieces for the event in which someone might want to fabricate a reproduction in wood, brass, or any other material they wish. I’m personally going to take these templates over to my local makerspace and use the laser cutter to etch a couple of these out of plexiglass or wood with a brass brace!Read More»
To quote Kevin Rose, this is amazing.
It seems many people all over the globe are conceiving of the same idea at once, and this is a good thing. A couple years ago I wrote about the idea of creating a system to virtually fit and draft patterns for tailored garments. I also wrote another blog post about whether patterns should be copyrightable or not.
In 2010, I came up with this idea everyone’s talking about, and I started doing research on existing pattern-drafting software. I discovered Optitex and I contacted a consumer relations rep to see if they would be interested in working with the open source community, but unfortunately they weren’t. They market their proprietary software to huge industry players for thousands of dollars per license. I also recommended that they at least work with the gaming development community to help develop their physics engine. I told him, there’s no industry better at analyzing 3D rendering and physics than the gaming development community. The rep hadn’t even considered it and was doubtful if it would work.
.…but then I just discovered something called Valentina, and now I’m really, really excited. I need to speak with this man.Read More»
This is a major milestone! After two years of delays and months of hard work, this publication is now fully remastered and digitized for worldwide consumption. Hopefully this will give sufficient supplemental materials as I begin to create my how-to videos. More publications will be coming down the line in addition to this title.
This remastered book features:
- Easy-to-read layouts, with illustrations and diagrams on same page or opposing page in spreads.
- Searchable text for keywords.
- Scalable vectorized diagrams which will print crisp and sharp on each print regardless of resizing.
- Preserved typography and text, true to the original book, with typos repaired from original manuscript.
- Compressed page-count—204 pages, compared to the original 319.
- Ready-to-print quality from any home printer or offset press on letter-size 8.5 x 11″ paper.
To download the print-ready version of this title and many others, visit the Learning Reference Library.
As part of the learning reference content, I’m transcribing old tailoring manuals, and this is the newest entry in the Reference Library. It’s chapter 10 of the “Modern Tailor Outfitter and Cutter.” It goes into detail with many period cuts for coats, and goes into detail about sleeve cutting. This is a sample of the entire book project which is currently underway. I plan on releasing chapter after chapter. At the moment I consider it a work in progress, because I still need to go in and do some fine-tooth comb proofreading. Again, if you find this helpful, please consider becoming a Patron and supporting these efforts! Cheers!