Men's waistcoat pattern?

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I have bought some embroidered satin for my partner, who wants a new
waistcoat.  Also some turquoise satin for the lining, and the little
buckle for the back strap.  Does anyone have a pattern company they
recommend?  Or a favourite pattern they would recommend?  Any good
tips or advice before I start?


-- Jo in Scotland

Re: Men's waistcoat pattern?
Jo in Scotland wrote:
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There are several good waistcoat patterns about.  This one from Vogue
works well: http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8048.htm?tab=men&page=1

Make sure you have enough fabric to match the pattern across the
front...  Don't just use boring lining fabric if this will be worn
without a jacket!  Pick a nice colour from the fabric pattern and use
that.  Here's one I made earlier...
http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Sewing_Projects/Poshfrockgallery/Drewwc.JPG

The fashion fabric is 100% silk fabric woven for ties, and the back and
lining are silk tafeta.I like to use something like satin backed dupion
to line waistcoats and make the backs.  I made Alan a black one with
dragons on it in gold, and backed it with the gold dupion, using it
satin side out on the inside.

Recently a friend made her hubby a turquoise blue one with green, gold,
and lilac fish on it (a Chinese brocade!).  She gave it a matching
turquoise back, but we did green buttonholes on it to match the green
fish after experimenting...  I often use embroidery thread to do
buttonholes, or fine silk thread (YLI or Coats 100 weight, NOT
Gutterman!), as this gives a really fab finish.

My personal choice for buttons is usually something fairly plain, such
as plain gold or silver blazer buttons, especially if the fabric is very
busy.
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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
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