Challenge: Red. I was originally going for the Pattern challenge, but that was a fairly long time ago now.
Material: 1/2 metre striped quilting cotton, about 1/2 metre beige drapery cotton, and some canvas for the fronts, lapels and collar.
Notions: Cotton thread, metal washers (bases for the buttons), wax, thin cotton tape.
|I'm so happy with this stripe match!|
How historically accurate is it?: Maybe 80%. I sewed it entirely by hand. It's completely made of cotton (although cotton thread still wasn't really a thing in this period, so points down for that). To be honest, I don't know that much about how accurate the weight of the striped fabric was for this (it's really thin).
I cut it down from a men's pattern, and the fit works for now, but next time I think I would cut a deeper curve on the front (Lesson learned: don't sew with striped fabric when trying a pattern for the first time!), I would also cut back the armscye some more (I had already cut it fairly substantially back from the original pattern.
I took inspiration for the cut of my waistcoat from these gorgeous examples at the V&A museum:
|Left: Wool, 1790-95; Right: Linen with silver-gilt embroidery, 1790s|
I didn't end up making it double breasted though, because I was so fed-up with buttonholes after sewing the first line of them!
I also changed the back from a lacing back, like these two examples have, to a back closed with ties (see above). Ties appear to also have been a period way of closing the back, though I don't know how common they were on women's waistcoats (as opposed to men's).
Hours to complete:
It took far longer than I had intended. I fully started this in the middle of the summer. It was all good though, because I learned lots of important things while making this piece.
First worn: For pictures.
Total cost: 0.5 metres striped fabric- $3
0.5 metres beige cotton- $1.50
0.25 yard canvas- $1.5
some silk thread which I used on the buttonholes before realising that not all silk thread is appropriate as buttonhole twist- $4