You may have seen some of my other posts but I'm making the coat using Rory's series as part of my University Dissertation research.
I am writing about tailoring and the differences in technique, materials, fit and cut etc. between the 1800s and modern day. I'm also looking to learn more about the different cloths used and the production of them in the North of England.
Who was doing the tailoring and working in the mills and what their different job roles looked like is also of interest as one side of my family were tailors and one side worked in mills so I would like to find out more about their lives through this dissertation.
I am also looking at modern suits, both high street and bespoke to analyse the difference in techniques and cloths used. I would love to hear from some people who either wear suits regularly or make them to find out their experiences with wearing different cloths and the sustainability and longevity between high street suits and bespoke.
As the coat I'm making with The HTA is the 'modern' one I'm also looking to make one with an 1800s cut using as historically accurate techniques and materials as possible so I can compare the two. I've found quite a few tailoring books about making historical suits but as they are modern all of the coats seem to be more of a theatre costume focus rather than historically accurate. Again, if any of you make suits for Film and TV I'd be interested to know the difference in making these compared to making them for everyday wear.
As you can see the subject matter is quite broad at the moment but if any of you have any suggestions or are happy to chat about your experiences with any of these things I would really appreciate it.