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
There are several good waistcoat patterns about. This one from Vogue
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...
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