I have been meaning to blog about this make for the last 5 months and I have finally managed it!
My son asked me to make him a retro waistcoat ages ago and as he was 18 in April I thought this would be the perfect time to finally get on with it. I scoured the interweb for a pattern but they seemed really boxy and uninspiring. I ended up buying pattern but I wasn’t completely happy with it and I was worried about the fit as my son is so slim. Instead I set about copying his favourite waistcoat and drafted a pattern from the original.
I found this lovely wool blend fabric on ebay for about £4 and ended up using the wrong side as it had a lovely purple and copper stripe though it. This lightweight fabric would come in handy when mastering the welt pockets!
This lovely purple fabric was used for the back and it really works well with the main fabric. This back panel is cut differently to most waistcoats and is split between the side panels which are made from the main fabric.
The pattern went together beautifully and I enjoyed making a garment for my son without him knowing!
The welts were a little more tricky and I did get really nervous about slashing the fabric. I had to bite the bullet and go for it as my parents had bought him an engraved silver pocket watch for his birthday and he needed something to put it in – no pressure!
My son was really pleased with his gift and didn’t realise that I had made it until I pointed out the label I had sewn in! He really thought it was from a tailors – I can live with that! 🙂
The trouble is he now wants more, what have I done?!
Till next time. x