Unfortunately, I was dragged off to the cottage again and so had to work on a hand sewing project. (I know it's horrible to complain about one's vacation accommodations but there is no room to sew there.) That is why there was no post last week.
The project I brought was a waistcoat that I started for the Lace and Lacings challenge but didn't finish on time.
My inspiration was this lovely waistcoat from Sweeney Todd.
(I can't remember where I found this image. I tried to track it down but the only place I could find it was on tumblr. I hate leaving "source" links to tumblr.
Do any of you happen to know where the original source is?)
Update: Here it is!
I know it's not historically accurate but I love the cut of this waistcoat. I tried to find historical evidence of something close to this design, but didn't come up with much.
The closest extant waistcoat I have found is this one from All the Pretty Dresses. The cut isn't quite the same but it is velvet and double breasted.
All the Pretty Dresses has got quite a few posts on waistcoats and all of the early 19th century men's waistcoats have some kind of fastening in the back to give it more shape.
At least one of the waistcoats that Sweeney wore in the movie had a small bit of lacing at the back (His jacket had one too, you can see a picture in this article.) This regency waistcoat also has one.
|Purple velvet Regency waistcoat. (source)|
Here is a very quick sketch of what my waistcoat should look like.
|My pattern, before shoulder adjustments.|
The front of the waistcoat is black linen and the back is cream coloured linen. The pieces are whip-stitched together. The lining is off white linen and is sewn together in the same way. It's assembled but not pictured here.
|The white thread is linen and the black thread is cotton.|
I think I may have overcompensated.
|The piece on the left is fixed and the piece on the right is not.|
|The stitching holding the collar interfacing on.|
|The inside of the finished collar. The white mark is an "I" for "inside".|
|The locations of the two pockets on the left side of the waistcoat.|