Making Victorian Costumes for Men

Sil Devilly
During Queen Victoria's long reign there were constant, often subtle, changes to men's clothing in the large, diverse and growing population. This practical book guides you through the male fashions of the time and includes eighteen garments typical of the era. Each project is carefully grounded in historical research, while traditional tailoring techniques are simplified for the modern costume maker. It is an essential handbook that describes fabrics and tools for pattern drafting, tailoring and costume construction, and explains how to get the best results from each. It covers a wide variety of gentleman's attire adaptable for different occupations and social status, including assorted shirts, trousers, breeches, a tailcoat, a jacket, a frockcoat and several waistcoats. There is a full set of patterns for each outfit, along with clear, full colour construction photographs and finally, the author suggests how outfits can be adapted to fit different sizes and characters, and gives practical insights into the making process.
Making Victorian Costumes for Men by Sil Devilly

About the author

Sil Devilly is a costume maker with over twenty years of experience in both design interpretation and construction. She has worked on a great variety of costumes, both in theatre workrooms and as a freelance cutter, tailor and maker. Her passion for sharing the knowledge gained throughout her career has led her to teach, lecture and mentor across the north of England.

Press Reviews

Devilly's historical and practical knowledge is immense, and she demonstrates a respect for historical interpretation, whilst engaging with modern
practices and time-saving tips. The attention to detail is impressive. Significantly, she shows an understanding of the industry's requirements absent from other publications, gives thorough and clear guidance and is dedicated to the high-level production of a wide variety of garments. In Making Victorian Costumes for Men, Devilly has succeeded in translating her haptic understanding of the craft into an informative, manageable and enrapturing guide.

- Liz Garland, University of Huddersfield

This book provides a clear and detailed look at the construction of the 18 garments as well as helps place them in the wider context of the history of menswear in the Victorian era. This is a wonderful book to add to any person's library who is interested in either recreating these historical garments as a production or personal costume or who is interested in the practical application side of research.

- Grace Cochran Keenan