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#1 Kerry

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:18 PM

This book is from the Polytechnic school in London. Published in 1933, it was written as a teaching guide for the school. Incidentally the school is now the University of Westminster.

As the author, Liberty, a teacher, states "This book is intended for the student who, desiring to become a thorough practical craftsman, stands at the foot of the ladder of ability, with the intention of reaching the zenith of his ambition in the shortest possible period.

To the tailor the methods used may not coincide with his own, but in a trade where there are so many ways of reaching the same objective, for the sake of the beginner only one way (that which has been for years the choice of the writer) is recorded here."

As the book is quite old and I received it in poor condition and falling apart as I scanned it, I have done my best to tidy up the pages. Some are marked with ink and the pages are yellowed and damaged in places. Please let me know if you find you have trouble viewing any pages.
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Edited by theatrical tailor, 26 June 2010 - 06:52 AM.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:21 PM

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:22 PM

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:25 PM

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:27 PM

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:31 PM

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:38 PM

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:38 PM

Well RR, here's your step by step. This is amazing! Liberty must have been "old school".

Interesting point. Dr. Humprey's of old T&C fame taught at the Polytechnic, and I have some of his text books from there. I will not reproduce the systems here as they are really old school and a combination of direct and RoE and will quickly loose the student.
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:40 PM

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:42 PM

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:18 AM

This is very very good. Thank you TT, this will certainly go to print. There are lots of "old-fashioned" stuff in it I've heard about but did not know how to make, now I can give them a try. Not everything good for today, but a very sound way of making though.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:04 AM

Wow, Kerry... Where the hell do you find the time to scan a whole book while you should getting prepared for moving?
This is great - also and especially for "us" theatre people.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:23 AM

Oh btw. you posted page 2 twice with no page 3. Just a IMG link mistake since page 3 is on your image hoster.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 06:53 AM

Oh btw. you posted page 2 twice with no page 3. Just a IMG link mistake since page 3 is on your image hoster.


Whoops! All fixed now.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:01 PM

Thanks. Been wanting this book for some time. One sold on ebay for over a $1,000. What surprised me is the seller only lived about an hour away. The one on ebay had some photographs in it and it may have been newer. He explains some of the differences of hand sewing and machine sewing.

What dpi do people scan these with? One person scanned a page for me, but when printing it the print is unreadable. 300 dpi is good for print, but makes a large file.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:06 PM

I find 150dpi for printing bare minimum for B&W text and line illustrations
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:16 PM

I have no idea if I over complicate things but I scan them at 300, crop and clean it up and then reduce it to a document size. I think they end up about 120dpi. Is there an easier way? This book took about 12 hours.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:23 PM

That's what I do in Photochop

1. scan 300 dpi- colour
2. change mode to greyscale
3. Free transform ( to make all the little lines nice and neat)
4. Auto-contrast and tweak with levels
5. Flatten image
6. Imagesize
7. Save as

I like copies I can read so I do a little extra

Are you sure these are 120? looks like regular 72dpi if notless as they are a little pixelated on my screen
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