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#1 Sator

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 09:47 PM

Textbooks for the Shirtmaker

Page Coffin, David. Shirtmaking: Developing Skills for Fine Sewing. Taunton Press, 1998

Written by an editor of Threads magazine, this is the most comprehensive text on the cutting and making up of shirts currently in print.

http://www.amazon.co...g/dp/1561582646

Helbig, Alfred. Die Zuschneide-Kunst nach dem Einheitsystem. Handbuch für die Wäscheschneiderei. Fachbuchverlag Gmbh., Leipzig, 1953

In German, but probably the most comprehensive text on cutting washing garments I have ever seen. Included are shirts, sleepwear and work clothes. It covers mens', womens' and childrens' garments.

Doyle, Robert: The Art of the Tailor, Sartorial Press Publications, Stratford, Ontario; 2005. ISBN 0-9683039-2-7

A couple of brief texts on cutting shirts is reproduced. In particular, the shirt cutting content of 1949 edition of The Modern Tailor, Outfitter and Clothier has been reproduced verbatim here, along with the complete Kogos Shirt System, otherwise not available. The table of contents of the entire book can be viewed here: http://www.sartorial...art_content.php
Available from the Sartorial Press website: http://www.sartorial...book_titles.php

Shirts & Men's Haberdashery: 1840s to 1920s. RL Shep.

Currently out of print. A historical view of shirtmaking.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 08:10 AM

I got a few more but need to look for the details.

Authors' names include:
- Harry Simons
- Warmkessel
- Frederick Kogos
- John Pizzutto

Warmkessel's text has been reproduced by many of the self-publishers in the rag trade. It is the earliest work I can remember about shirtmaking that was specific to the wholesale sector.

Most of my personal reference materials are spec sheets from factories, machine manufacturers, thread suppliers, etc. Within the wholesale sector, suppliers did time studies, workflow analysis, etc. in order to sell their primary product (e.g. machines, thread, etc.). Since these were pretty much the only texts in existence, they became adopted as standards.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 03:34 PM

Dear David,

thank you very, very much for sending me the autographed copy of your book. I have always treasured your book as a bespoke shirtmaker. I always refer to it when I am feeling a lack of knowledge in some areas. I enjoy reading it. I have read some chapters countless times over the years. I believe it deserves to be promoted amongst interested people. I always refer clients who like to make their own shirts to your book. Some have brought it along with your video.

Thank you once again. It is a great honour to have an autographed copy.

Charles Nakhle
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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:09 AM

The pleasure's all mine, Charles; you're very welcome!

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 03:46 AM

I recently ordered the book along with a few others and can't wait to receive it! I guess I'll have to do without your autograph :Broken Heart: (I also happen to be subscribed to Threads, ^_^ )
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Posted 22 November 2009 - 03:22 AM

Hope you enjoy it, Manon… If you REALLY want that autograph, just send it on, whenever; I'll be happy to return it signed:)

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 08:58 PM

A new book from Rundschauverlag:
hemden Schnitttechnik

including:
Shirts
Night wear
home wear
under wear
sportswear

It is a collection of drafts from the journal "Herrenrundschau".
I like it.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:25 PM

Thank you for alerting us to this book. It is available from the Rundschau website. Maybe one day an English version will appear as well.




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