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Sewing Vintage Menswear (Paperback incl. pattern sheets)


„Sewing Vintage Menswear“ is a book by bespoke tailor Sebastian Hoofs and content creator Niklas Hoppe. This book contains tutorials and patterns for knickerbockers, detachable collars, shirt, waistcoats, and more – 1920s style. It also includes brief characterizations of each piece and photos depicting its fashionable usage.

Please beware that this is not a book for absolute beginners. The caps and spats are good projects for starters, but require at least basic sewing knowledge.

Please beware of the long shipping run time of 2-3 weeks, since we are sending it from Germany.


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Bespoke tailor Sebastian Hoofs and I wrote a book including sewing tutorials, patterns, historical backgrounds and a lot of photos concerning the classic menswear of 1920. We aim for hobby tailors, role players, enthusiasts of shows like Babylon Berlin, Peaky Blinders and Downton Abbey as well as dandys, gentlemen and rugged guys.

Abnehmbarer Clubkragen (in Arbeit)

Detachable club collar in the making

We want to encourage interested people in sewing their own shirt, a detachable collar or a waistcoat after historical patterns of 1920. A lot of the pieces are based on long lost tailoring knowledge. And this might not only be interesting for DIY people, but also everyone who wants to understand the construction of trousers or waistcoats. We would like to convey a deeper understanding of classic menswear.

Hemd aus Baumwollflanell, Flat cap, Weste und Knickerbocker aus Harris-Tweed. Die Schnittmuster zu allen vier Stücken werden Bestandteil des Buchs.

Cotton flannel shirt, flat cap and Harris Tweed knickerbockers. All four patterns included in the book.

The book is as an printed paperback (115g paper) and contains:

  • General tutorials like welt pockets, dressage, etc.
  • General knowledge about the 1920 mens fashion
  • Tutorials and patterns for
    • Shirt
    • Detachable collars: spearpoint, club collar, imperial collar
    • Fishtail trousers
    • Knickerbockers
    • High-waist trousers with and without pleats
    • Single and double breasted waistcoats with and without lapel
    • Flat cap and newsboy cap
    • Spats
    • Dressing gown
  • Two printed sewing pattern sheets (90x150cm)
  • The patterns cover hat sizes 55-62, clothing sizes 46-60 (EU!), and collar sizes 41-48 (EU!) – Note: We cannot provide other sizes, but at least the collar size can be altered easily
Hausmantel aus Brokat mit abgestepptem Samtrevers.

Chenille dressing gown with velvet collar.

The cover was illustrated by Jonny Leigh and its design is inspired by the famous Saturday Evening Post. It shows several of the included pieces.


  • Do I need to buy the pattern sheets seperately?
    • No, you don’t. They are included.
  • Why paperback instead of hardcover?
    • So we can offer it for the same price as the German version despite the smaller edition and to make it light enough for lower shipping costs.
  • Why is the book so expensive?
    • Printing the book and the big pattern sheets costs money as well as paying everyone that contributed to the book (pattern digitalization, illustrations, etc). Also the book contains manuals and patterns for 15 pieces as well as additional information on the subject. This is 4€ per pattern which is very cheap compared to buying patterns anywhere else.
  • Will the German edition ever be reprinted?
    • We do not plan to reprint the German version of the book.

Who are we?

Sebastian Hoofs is a bespoke tailor who likes to share his knowledge. At the age of 14 he started sewing and after several years of hobby tailoring, he turned his hobby into a career. His pet issue is pattern construction. He is offering special sewing workshops for ambitious hobby tailors at his studio in Cologne. Sebastian already is an author of several sewing book.

Niklas Hoppe is an IT project manager and has been dealing with hobby tailoring and historical fashion for 15 years. Since 2016 he runs this blog and a couple of social media channels as Vintagebursche about classic menswear and style with a special focus on the 1920s.

The two share a great passion for classic menswear, the 1920s and tailoring. This book is a matter close to their hearts.

Der Bespoke-Dreiteiler getragen vom stolzen Besitzer und seinem Schöpfer.

Niklas Hoppe and Sebastian Hoofs

Additional information

Weight 0,9 kg

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