Making a Waistcoat from a Jacket

Making a Waistcoat from a Jacket

Nick approached me with an unusual request to make a waistcoat from a jacket. He had found a jacket he loved in a store but couldn’t get a waistcoat to match. Armed with a second jacket he’d purchased, I set about making a pattern to fit him and juggle the pieces so I could cut enough from the jacket. It only worked as Nick is slim build and the jacket was big enough to piece. I certainly wouldnt recommend this as an easy option, but I do like a challenge.

The waistcoat was lined in a elegant gold paisley print on burgundy, out of which I also made pocket squares for the bridal party – and a collar for his dog.

Impressed by the look of the waistcoat, Nick then asked for a bespoke pair of trousers in a chocolate coloured worsted flannel from Harrisons of Edinburgh to compliment his new tweed duo.

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the original jacket

razor for unpicking

bespoke waistcoat basted for fitting

 

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hand working buttonholes on trouser pocket

bespoke trousers from worsted flannel

 

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