Designer, pattern-maker, and bon vivant, Jeremy was inordinately humble when he emailed me the photo of the frock coat, waistcoat, and top hat that he created. He received a Specialization in Draping, Patternmaking and Fashion Design from the the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris, France, his MA in Costume Design , and BA in French at the University of Oklahoma. He has been designing since 2004 and sewing/tailoring since 1994; we are sorely tempted to as k him if he’d undertake our plum velveteen dream suit. The coat and vest are made with a self-drafted pattern from Britex Fabrics’ red wool which Jeremy said was, “…AMAZING wool! It was perfect “! The hat was constructed from the same silk taffeta as the lining of the frock coat, and is roughly from the 1880′s. It is for a piece called “L’histoire du Soldat” (The Soldiers Tale) Choreographed by Professor James Clouser at the University of Arizona School of Dance. What a fine and debonair gentleman’s outfit.
Jim of JimsForTheLoveOfHistory.Blogspot writes about his journey in tailoring frock coats, from a machine stitched starter coat, to the final hand-sewn reproduction 1849 black wool frock coat. He says that he choose to hand sew his garments because he enjoys the process, and used Britex Fabrics’ #50 weight silk thread for construction, and #30 weight silk thread for his buttonholes. This soft, three-ply, monofilament silk thread is the perfect thread for making hand-made buttonholes and fine tailoring techniques. It is pliant, has a deep lustrous sheen, and is an amazing pleasure to sew with. We love Jim’s concise list of six tips for tailoring; find the best possible materials, use an authentic pattern that is drafted from an original source, learn and practice basic tailoring techniques, study original coats, make a fitted muslin and correct to fit, this will be your final pattern, and finally, make the commitment to not cut corners.