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Date: 5/28/12 9:43 AM

First off this is my first post here so I am sorry if I say or do something wrong please forgive me. Any how... *Ackward pause* I am very interested in learning Tailoring but have been running into a lot of problems not the least of which I am on a small island in hawaii. I have not been able to find anyone to teach me more then how to make a quilt or the very very basics which I kinda already know. I know how to setup and use a sewing machine for the most part atleast... But the only "Sewing School" on island told me that she will not teach men. So unless I want to cross dress that is not an option.

So I have decided that I must learn on my own through the internet and books. I would like to ask everyone's opinions of what books would be good for a guy interested in learning tailoring?

Ofcourse I would like to start with making male cloths (so I can dress my self) but I would not mind at all and would probably like to expand into more stuff like dresses and other female cloths when I have more skill.

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Date: 5/28/12 9:54 AM

Firstly, welcome to PatternReview! This is the right place for a beginner post but we also have a "sewing for men" area you may be interested to check out later on.

For men's tailoring books I highly recommend Roberto Cabrera texts and anything by David Coffin (shirts and pants construction, best for at least an advanced beginner sewer). There are lots of free videos on YouTube, Otis Fashion college has a wonderful instructional video on stitching techniques for tailoring.

Don't be shy to ask questions about sewing on the forums, there is so much knowledge around this website. Many folks don't have local sewing pals so we all gather here to share the sewing journey. Hope this helps jump start you a bit.


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Date: 5/28/12 9:59 AM

Welcome! Many of us are mainly self-taught here. Sewing is one of those things that mostly requires a lot of practice, so if you are willing to make mistakes and keep on trying, you will be fine. Others will be able to recommend books and I'll bet you will find online classes here on PR that will be helpful. Enjoy the journey!

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Date: 5/28/12 11:11 AM

WelcomeSince you asked for some books to get you started I have listed here three (3) that I like and have referred to again and again. There are more (I am sure!).

Shirt Making By David Page Coffin (ISBN No. 1-56158-264-6) A great place start to learn the basics of making a tailored shirt.

Tailoring by Creative Publishing (ISBN No.1-58923-230-5). This book has the step by steps (with pictures) of tailoring a woman's blazer, but easily adaptable for a man's blazer.

And finally, one of my all time favorites: The Complete Book of Tailoring by Adele P. Margolis. This book is old - published in the 1950's - and can be difficult (and expensive) to get; but it is very helpful in tailoring. Yes, it is written for women, but it is easily adaptable for men's garments.

I search for used books via Amazon/Ebay/Etsy - not necessarily in that order, but those are the three sites I have had success with.

Another resource if you are interested in is Tailroing is Kenneth King's CDs here on PR. His Jacket CD is excellent. His CD's are just really books that he self published.

There are many more great sewing books (I could list all the one's I have but I think this system would crash - YES, I own that many sewing books!) Good luck! Make use of PR's great resources (Message Board/pattern reviews/classes). Also, look into Craftsy.com for more on-line classes, too.

Don't be afraid of making mistakes. We all do. I have been sewing for a very, very long time and I still flub up sometimes, but the mistakes are just the bumby road to a wonderful fitted sewn garment.

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Date: 5/28/12 11:29 AM

Is there a tailor on the island,or a custom men's shop. A custom men's shop usually has a tailor. Ask and see if they will take you on as an apprentice.

My next route would be anything you can get your hands on by Kenneth D. King and David Coffin.

On second thought, how about trading places with me for the months of November through March?


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Date: 5/28/12 12:21 PM

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission might be interested in the fact that a public business would discriminate against a particular gender. Hawaii Civil Rights

Personally, I find it very offensive that they should treat you this way. Even if you decide not to pursue a complaint against the Sewing School, please review it here on PR.

I agree with the suggestions of the other posters as to which books to get. I also suggest that you get an old copy (1967 or before) of McCall's or Vogue's sewing books. These can be obtained very cheaply. You also might want to look into buying the Threads magazine DVDs or even their archive.

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Date: 5/28/12 12:28 PM

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...the only "Sewing School" on island told me that she will not teach men

She will not teach men, or she does not know how to sew for men and therefore cannot teach anyone how to sew for men.

What if you asked her to teach you how to sew for women? Would you have gotten the same response?

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Date: 5/28/12 12:30 PM

My favorite reference book is my Vogue Sewing.... It has information on fabric, needles, stitches, couture techniques and so much more. I haven't really gotten into fitting / tailoring, but many people suggested that I get "Fit for Real People" or "Classic Tailoring Techniques."

Best Wishes on your sewing journey!

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Date: 5/28/12 12:42 PM

Have you checked out Sato Sewing School
They may offer courses or you can ask if they provide any sort of individual or group instruction. Good luck and welcome to PR!

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Date: 5/28/12 2:41 PM

Hi eforen,

I don't have many menswear sewing books so I can't speak from personal experience, but this one from the 70's sounds good and it's cheap:

Sewing for Men and Boys on ebay

And here's a review of it:
Sewing Diva's Review of Sewing for Men and Boys

Good luck with your tailoring!

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