Williams Clothiers, LLC specializes in fully bespoke civilian clothing of the 19th century. My goal is to reproduce the finer clothing of the period, down to the smallest detail, using photographs, fashion plates, and original garments for research. We’ll first have a consultation, in which you’ll choose cloth, discuss your requirements and clothing details, and finally take over a dozen measurements to accurately fit your clothing as best as possible. This first consultation can be done in person at your home, at an event, or online if distance is an issue. A unique pattern is drafted, taking into account your measurements and posture. Clients have upwards of seven fittings for a frock coat, and an average of three for other types of garments. I document each step of the way and give updates to each client frequently, for their own edification and enjoyment. Clients love seeing the process of how a coat comes together. The completed garment is mailed to the location of your choosing or in person, where it is looked over one final time for any small issues.
I choose to approach a project mainly from the tailoring point of view. I look for the most well made garments of the period, and reproduce them to a level rarely seen today. Studying tailoring manuals from the period to the present day has given me an insightful look into how garments were constructed during the 1860s.
For more information on my bespoke garments, please check out my website at www.williamsclothiers.com.
Besides tailoring, I love to teach people. Outside of the tailoring and reenacting world, I teach both fife and drum to a number of students. As I became more confident in my tailoring abilities, I realized I would like to help others further their tailoring education, and save them the years of research I had put in. The idea of holding tailoring workshops was born. At first I thought about the traditional workshop, but given the amount of detail I need to get across, that was unfeasible. We would be there for at least a week and the cost would be extremely high. Combining the thought of workshops with the digital age, I realized that workshops could be held online, and my workshop series was born.
First off was an Enlisted Frock Coat workshop, which was several years in the making. The outline and rough draft were started in 2009, and by late 2011, I finally had the courage to hit the publish button. This workshop will walk you through each step required in making an enlisted frock coat, from measurements, drafting, and fitting, to constructing the interior pleat pockets, quilting the lining, and getting that tricky piping on the collar and cuffs just right. Signing up for this workshop will get you 195 pages of detailed instruction, fully photographed, and several more pages of spreadsheets, lists of supplies, and graduated rulers. Here is a video showing a small snippet of what you will learn in this workshop.
With the success of my first workshop, I began work on a new workshop on creating a double breasted civilian frock coat of the period. This type of coat is regarded as the pinnacle of tailoring, with perhaps only the dress coat exceeding it. This workshop is still in progress, currently 3/4 of the way complete, at over 200 pages. I underestimated the amount of content necessary to fully explain everything, but the results should be worth the wait.
I realized that both of these workshops are fairly advanced tailoring, and decided it was time for something a little easier. Hence the idea for my latest workshop, opening on June 11, 2012 – constructing a Summer Frock Coat. In many ways, this is easier than constructing a fully lined frock coat. For one, there is no quilting or canvas, something that takes a lot of time and skill to get just right. An apprentice tailor can concentrate more on getting the fit of the coat just right, and then finish the coat without too much issue – just time.
I emphasize getting the correct fit of the coat before students begin work on their garments. By posting photographs in my support forum, or emailing to me, I can suggest corrections for them, which has seemed to work well so far.
For more information about my workshops, please see my dedicated workshop site.