Dear forum members,
I am a 25 year old student (philosophy/german) from Germany. Therefore I am not a professional tailor in any way and don´t plan to become one. Nevertheless I am interested in almost everything regarding classic tailoring. A few months ago I began reading about tailoring and constructing and after that started making my first drafts. Before that, all I tried to were some "own clothes" with commercial patterns from Burda, but was quickly getting frustrated about miserable fitting, hence I decided, that this is not the way I want to work. The way I want to work is: starting from the very beginning and learning systematically how to do it right.
The resources I am working with are some of the recommended, but also other books (Cabrera womens/men, Claire Shaeffer, Hofenbitzer part 1 and 2, D.P. Coffin trousers, lots of the literature posted here, etc.), some proper tools and resources (industrial stitching machine, mid-weight domestic steam iron, tailor's ham, sleeve board etc.). I also have a very motivated partner, who aspires to one day make a living out of his self-taught knowledge of tailoring. Mainly I work on women's garments, while being also interested in men's traditional tailoring and cutting as I try to adapt those - as I see them - more sophisticated techniques.
I hope I will soon be able to share some images (I just need to take some pictures and find out how to upload on my profile) of my recent work (first self-drafted skirt with hofenbitzer, one of the finished ones tailored like cabrera recommends, first tries on a trouser draft -> of course, criticism ist always welcome and appreciated). Hopefully I can contribute something to the forum, although I am an absolute beginner. If I have any interesting resources at hand, I am of course willing to share it as far as copyright allows.
I want to thank everyone, who contributes here, keeping the forum as alive as it is. Also thank you very much for all the interesting information and literature you are sharing.