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Waistcoat Whimsy: Fashion for a Friend

posted Apr 17, 2012, 3:22 PM by Jen Brass Jenkins
Dapper Misha
At the last opera (Elixir of Love by Utah Opera) I met a new friend. He has a marvelously dapper figure and a flare for the dramatic, so his date, Mindi, and I decided to surprise him with a custom made vest for the upcoming opera.

Here is our process and tentative schedule to date:


April 14 - Picked out fabric and pattern and took measurements
Week of April 15–21 - Cut vest according to basic measurements for first fitting

Pattern and Fabric
We stopped by more than one fabric store and ended up finding our fabric choices at the Design Company Fashions and Fabrics. The pattern is a basic McCalls. I prefer to start with a base pattern and alter from there rather than draft my own completely from scratch. 

The purple (though the color isn't quite as vivid in the pic as in real life), raised velvet satin is the vest front, the pinstriped fabric the contrasting shawl collar, and the silver the back and lining. I'm quite excited to see the mixed prints together as I plan on cutting the pinstripe shawl collar on the bias/at a diagonal.

Next up: fit, add welt pockets, lining, buttons, and back lace up
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