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December 27, 2006

Book “Sewing for Men and Boys”

Filed under: Els,Sewing For Children,Sewing For Men,Sewing Library — Els @ 7:28 am

By Diva Els 

Last month I won a book on ebay called “Sewing for men and boys”. I had no idea what the book was about, besides sewing men clothes but the title sounded interesting enough to buy it.
I received the book today, it is a soft cover with 97 pages published in 1973 by Simplicity.

I was very pleased to see that a lot of tailoring sewing techniques I learned from a Dutch tailor are clearly described with a lot of pictures/ diagrams.
This is the first time I noticed that real tailoring techniques are available for the home sewer.

I have other tailoring books but this one is very well written and does have great accompanied pictures so you can see what to do.
Also pressing techniques and the specific pressing tools are described very well.
The sewing and tailoring information can also be used for sewing for woman like jackets and coats.
You can see the index

This book is OOP ( out of print) but worthwhile to search for if you want to learn more about tailoring techniques.



  1. Cool, Els! I just bought this book. Many thanks, as always!

    Comment by Mary Beth — December 27, 2006 @ 8:39 am

  2. This mught be one that I should search for as well! THanks for sharing, Els!

    Comment by Lorna — December 27, 2006 @ 9:24 am

  3. Waht a great book! And I love the vintage cover too. The young guy on the right is so 70’s.

    Comment by Phyllis — December 27, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  4. What a great score on eBay! I never had that book, but I remember the 1970s Simplicity books and they were always full of good information.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — December 27, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

  5. Tailoring techniques never really go out of style. Styling OTOH… My dad had one of those mustaches when I was a kid along with a goatee! Everybody thought he looked so cool, I thought he looked like the devil himself!

    Comment by Lisette — December 27, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

  6. Wow, that cover really says 1970’s! It’s interesting that once upon a time, the big pattern companies actually cared about technique!

    Comment by Nancy (nanflan) — December 27, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

  7. That is a really good book — I bought it when it was new, and it has remained on my shelves through many book purges. I used it to sew my husband-to-be’s wedding suit in 1980 — I was much more fearless about sewing in those days!

    Comment by Anonymous — December 27, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

  8. WoooHooo! I rec’d the book this evening. It should be required reading for anyone who sew, not just for men.

    Comment by Mary Beth — December 29, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  9. I had this book back in the early 70’s and used it to make my husband’s brown herringbone tweed jacket for our wedding. It was a useful book but during our many moves I donated it.

    Comment by Kathy — July 3, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

  10. I bought this book new when it first came out. someone stole it and i just bought a copy on ebay. I will guard this with my life now. It is a great book.

    Comment by Jeff — August 3, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

  11. I, too, bought this book when it first came & have used it so much the cover came off!

    Comment by pakrk — April 24, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

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