We make custom tailcoats.
Classic 1930s, Edwardian, Steampunk, a bit retro, a bit modern.
Just let us know what you are looking for and we will start sketching and putting fabrics together.
Our complete suits are muslin fit.
This means that we mail you a mock-up of the pieces sewn in cotton so that you can try them on before we make the final garments.
You send us a pic of yourself wearing the muslins and we alter the patterns to get just the right fit and look.
The pics show some of our most recent outfits.
The pictures of the elephant grey tailcoat show a complete outfit that we made.
The tailcoat is a classic open front style with silk shantung lapels that add a beautiful sheen to the look.
The vest is double-breasted and made from a silk brocade to coordinate with the wedding dress and the hat is a completely handsewn wool and silk buckram and wire frame piece that we made.
Each piece is uniquely designed and individually made-to-measure.
This means that we can design something exactly in your style with all of the right details to match the look you are going for.
The pants are made without a front crease for a slim Victorian look.
The black tailcoats show two different versions of our classic open front tailcoats.
One was made for a 1930s style wedding.
This tailcoat has a pointed hem and wide lapels made from gorgeous silk grosgrain.
It is shown with a handmade backless white cotton pique vest, a bibbed detachable collar white pique shirt, and bowtie.
The other black tailcoat has smaller peak lapels, also made from silk grosgrain, and a straight cut hem for a look that is both Edwardian and very modern.
The chocolate brown tailcoat is cut from a wool gabardine with wide grosgrain lapels, also in chocolate, brass buttons, and a silk duppioni lining.
The pants are in a Victorian style with a fishtail and back belt.
The grey pinstripe military tailcoat was made for a steampunk wedding.
It is cut from a gorgeous wool flannel and shown with a matching Wellington style top hat.
We also made the boy’s vests and pants that are shown in the wedding pictures.
The navy blue tailcoat (shown with a seersucker vest) shows another version of our popular military tails.
We can do many types of military tailcoats.
So just contact us if you would like to see more ideas in this vein.
The final pics show a black lambskin tailcoat with embossed cuffs and side laces.
If you are thinking about ordering a tailcoat or complete ensemble, just contact us (email@example.com) so that we can talk about your project and start getting together fabrics to mail to you.
If you aren’t sure quite which details you like, just tell us a bit about yourself and the events that you will attend and we will start sketching.
Be sure to check out the websites of the amazing photographers who took the photos above! For more pics of the elephant gray suit, check out Old South Photography here. For pics of the amazing white tie wedding, check out David Tero Photography here. For pics of the tailcoat in brown with aqua silk details, check out Joyeuse Photograpy here.
Photos by www.lynnterry.com
The Victorian era was an age of excitement, experimentation, science, and progress.
Everything seemed possible and imminent.
The material world was like a door about to be unlocked. The mind was a mystery that science could pry into.
We love to make steampunk clothing because it represents this moment and uncovers the analogies between the Victorians and today’s world.
The Victorians were simultaneously more certain than we are today and less certain.
They believed that they were on a road to infinite progress and change, but were only just at the beginning of the path.
Today’s DIY and geek culture feeds off of a similar spirit.
We are all engineers hacking the material world, unlocking the potential of atoms through the power of bits.
Lianna and I are so much on the side of techne—on the side of a knowledge that allows us to do and to make.
Photos by www.worldstudio.ca
Our process of production and design combines computer CAD work for a completely custom fit, individual fabrics we design and print using advanced inks, and computerized machinery for cutting vinyl, with all of the traditional arts of tailoring and dressmaking that require nothing but a needle and a thread.
Our muslin fitting process for the suits is again a combination of the old and the new.
We mail our customers traditional cotton mock-ups of the suit to try on before making the final pieces.
The customers send us back digital photos of themselves trying the pieces on, and we feed this information back into the computer to change and manipulate the pattern until it is exactly right.
The pictures show many of the styles that we have made or are making for steampunk weddings along with some wonderful pictures of the weddings themselves.
The black suit with the red cravat shows what we call the “Steampunk Anime Suit”.
This suit is made from a wool gabardine with satin face lapels.
The style looks and feels Victorian, but the details are completely modern.
The brown suit with red pinstripes and red satin face lapels, shows a Victorian style vest and pant, but with numerous Western style details and snaps.
The brown suit with a sage green piping shows a morning frock that cuts away into tails.
Photos by www.joshgruetzmacher.com
It has peak lapels, a pant with a back belt (which can be adjustable or decorative) and a handmade top hat to match.
Photo By www.MarkBrooke.com
The awesome wedding photos show two weddings where the grooms wore wool tailcoats and silk vests, a wedding with a double-breasted Prince Albert frock made from silk noil and velveteen pants (for a Victorian-era meets 1960s look) and an outfit with a black wool double-breasted vest with pearlized leather pocket welts.
The sketches show a bride and groom ensemble that we have in the works for this summer.
It has a leather corset on the bride and matching leather tuxedo stripes on the groom’s pant, and also a set of concepts for modern looking university coats.
Contact AJ (firstname.lastname@example.org) to talk more about ideas for your wedding.
Be sure to check out the photographer’s websites for more photos. Lynn Terry did the photos for the wedding with the black vest and gold welts. Terry Martin the wedding with the skipping groom.
Josh Gruetzmacher the San Francisco wedding with the white slik frock. And Mark Brooke, the groom with the tails and peacock lapels.
Most suits are made from wool. And for a good reason.
Wool is wonderfully durable, crisp, wrinkle-resistant.
It can be felted to become weather resistant, brushed to hold in heat, or given an open weave to breathe and wick in the heat.
We love wool, but sometimes we want a bit of novelty and one of the places we turn is to silk.
Just as some people mistakenly identify wool only with itchy and bulky hand-knit sweaters, silk is often pictured only as a light and shimmering satin.
But silk textures can differ completely depending on how the silk is processed and the fabric woven.
The pics show a couple of our most recent silk suits.
The tan and slate blue herringbone suit was made for a recent wedding on the coast of Scotland.
We designed the suit with classic seaside suit details with a hint in the top-stitched pocket style of a 1930s sport jacket.
But like all of our pieces we strove for a look that would feel timely.
The fabric for this suit is a thick silk tweed.
It is utterly dry to the hand and without luster. In this state, silk serves as a kind of warm season tweed.
Unlike a wool tweed which is much more of a fall/winter fabric that insulates, a silk tweed breathes beautifully.
The cobalt suit is closer to what most people think of when they think of silk.
It has lustre. It shines. The fabric is a silk duppioni.
The word duppioni comes from the Italian for “two pods” and the unique texture of the duppioni lies in the fact that it has many irregularities or “slubs” that are formed in the places where two silk worm pods were woven touching each other.
This fabric is particularly interesting in that the weave is iridescent with both blue and purple yarn. This gives the fabric extra depth.
Of course, a silk duppioni suit is not a work suit. Traditionally a duppioni suit would be worn in the tropics or on a cruise.
We made this suit for a wedding in Arizona where bright saturated colors look amazing in the sun.
But a silk duppioni suit like this, especially one with an iridescent tonic weave, is a great suit for the summer nightlife in any city.
If you have a unique suit in mind, we can make it.
Contact A.J. (email@example.com) to get started working on a custom piece.
All of our suits are muslin fit—we make a cotton prototype of the suit to fit on you before we even touch the fabric. You send us digital pics of yourself wearing it, and we can customize the pattern to look great on you.
The pictures of the wedding in Scotland are by Red Row Studio (www.redrowstudio.etsy.com) so if you are getting married in Scotland or want to buy some fine art prints, check out the wonderful work.