Look at this waistcoat.
|Magasin Des Modes, February 1788. (source)|
The waistcoat in the picture looks like it's made of pink silk with a stripey pattern woven in. I have no such fabric, and it wouldn't be very warm anyway, so I will be making mine out of red wool. It comes from a thrift store coat that was given to me by a friend, who noticed that it was made of nice material. The pieces have been sitting around for months, waiting to be turned into waistcoats.
This waistcoat will be quite suitable for HSF '14 Challenge #1- Make Do & Mend.
|Lovely big pieces of red coat wool.|
|A fur something.|
|This picture is a bit washed out.|
|The missing rectangle was the piece I used in my jacket belt.|
|The 4 different front pieces.|
|Journal de la Mode et du Gut, February, 1790. (source)|
|Silk waistcoat, 1790's. The Met.|
The pockets are at the same level as the ones on the plate, but the front is cut straight across instead of pointed. It's also from a few years later, so it has a little collar and lapels. I made my pattern pointed in the front, but not quite as much as the one in the plate.
|The finished pattern, after cutting out all the fabric, which is why the front piece is in two pieces.|
This is probably inaccurate, since the styles with the vents almost never have a front closure that fastens all the way to the bottom. I did find one, but it's a little boy's waistcoat.
Previously, I had thought I would only be able to get two waistcoats out of this coat, but the fur trim provides a way to get three! By extending the line of trim on the pocket opening to go across the whole front piece, I can hide the seam piecing the front together. After cutting the lining out I cut the front piece along the pocket opening line, which makes two pieces that just fit on the tops of the jacket sections, leaving the bottoms for complete waistcoat fronts.
|Three waistcoat front pieces, demonstrating this.|
|All materials assembled.|
|One of the darned buttonholes.|
It is actually more visible than the photograph shows.
|All the bits are marked where they need to be attached.|