Sew a timeless waistcoat with the Belvedere Waistcoat pattern! It is the perfect minimalist piece to wear to formal events. This design features a curved back seam and long darts to fit the garment close to the body. It includes a back neckline facing for a high-end professional finish.
The instructions and pattern pieces provide for two approaches:
1. Create a tailored waistcoat complete with welt pockets, a fully canvased front and side seam vents.
2. Sew a quick and easy waistcoat with no pockets and simplified construction techniques.
Both waistcoat projects are great scrap busters since it is easy to mix and match fabrics.
Materials Required (All Sizes):
Main or "Self" Fabric: Light to medium weight suiting fabrics including wool, linen or blends. You can also experiment with unconventional fabrics such as upholstery fabric, corduroy, sturdy knit fabric, canvas or denim. Allow extra fabric if you choose a print that needs matching such as plaids or stripes.
Tip: The welt pockets included in Variation 1 involve a considerable amount of folding. Keep in mind that thick fabric, fabric that frays, or fabric that does not press well will make constructing the pockets more difficult. To make folding the welts easier you could reduce bulk by doing one (or more) of the following: Choose a light to medium weight main fabric, choose a light interfacing, or cut the welt pieces from a light weight contrast fabric.
There are three options when choosing material for the lining and waistcoat back:
Tip: The cutting layouts and fabric requirements are for option 1, meaning that the back is cut from the same fabric as the lining. To create option 2 or 3, use .75 yds less lining material. Cut piece 2 (waistcoat Back) from 1yd contrast or main fabric.
Main Fabric: 1 yd if 45" wide or 60" wide
Lining: 2.25 yds if 45" wide or 1.5 yds if 60" wide.
Interfacing: 1.5 yds at 20" wide
Lining: 2.25 yds if 45" wide or 1.5 yds if 60" wide
Interfacing: 1.5 yards at 20" wide
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