Dressmaking Past & Present: Tailoring a dressmaker’s suit-Tips from Coats & Clark in the 1940s


Dressmaking Past & Present is a new feature at Pour Moi. Fashion History provides us with inspirations for our personal style. Understanding and learning about techniques used in the past and the present helps us find a variety of methods for possible use in our own projects.

This week, I put up some scans from a small booklet published by Coats & Clark in the 1940s. Dressmaker’s Suits have some tailoring but not to the extent that a fully tailored suit does. Here are some recommendations from the booklet that can help the dressmaker achieve the look in each illustration.

“Tailoring” by Coats & Clark – Tips for sewing a dressmaker’s suit

Published by EmilyAnn Frances

I was born and raised in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York. I attended Hunter College where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Language Arts. After graduation I worked in various industries such as publishing, fashion, financial services, investment banking, and for government. My passion for fashion was nurtured at the French Fashion Academy where I learned dressmaking, patternmaking, sketching and draping. My enjoyment of dressmaking and family history find a wonderful home here at WordPress. I hope you enjoy both of my blogs.