The Modern Maker is a series of books devoted to the tailoring of 17th century men's clothing. There are many books available with a broader scope of different eras, but my goal is to focus on this one era and expand on the details of technique. This first volume surrounds the construction of men's doublets (rather like a vest with sleeves) of early 17th century. We will use images from actual tailor's pattern manuals from the era as our reference. In the first chapter we will learn how to draft a pattern for a man's doublet. In the second, we will discuss the methods of cutting and preparing the various layers of fabric. In the third, and largest chapter, we will put the garment together using hand, and machine sewing techniques.
There is a growing group of enthusiasts who want to make real clothes that represent items from this era. Modern Costume sewing is good for achieving the look, but we are going deeper. I have spent a lifetime learning how to make clothes both antique and modern. I have worked backwards from our modern tailoring techniques and arrived at methods which I believe represent a more accurate and thoughtful way to make these old clothes. The difference is in thinking as a true tailor, not a costumer. If successful, I will use revenue generated by the sales of this volume to write the next volume. It will focus on trousers, venetians and trunk-hose and so on down the line until the series is complete, or there is no longer interest. Once the book is edited, complete and proofed, it will be available for purchase as a PDF digital download through my etsy page etsy.com/people/GnagyArts. To View my ongoing work, please visit my facebook page The Raleigh Collection at facebook.com/pages/The-Raleigh-Collection/120276828055934. There are many folders of my work available to view as well as some designs of pieces that I have not yet made.
Risks and challenges
I am a skilled craftsman and have successfully written a book already. However, I lack the full set of skills to create a book entirely on my own. There are nuances of the publishing world with which i am simply not familiar. The first, and easiest hurdle is to simply get the information into the computer where it can begin to be edited and tested. I anticipate that this should take about 3 months of hard work to establish all the photos, the methods of presentation and step outs. I already have a core group of individuals who either have the qualifications in publishing, or are connected with those that do. I am also connected with several publishing companies who might be willing to move forward with releasing the book under their company names, but they have to see that there is interest, and will want a completed project to showcase the feel and intention of the book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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