Ah, everything about the ball in due course, but first things first. The waistcoat was completed on the night before the ball. I wanted a simple but elegant waistcoat in white or cream coloured silk. I was lucky to find the perfect material in one of our “finer” department stores. A soft silk taffeta with a woven pattern of leaves and branches. For the back and the lining I used bleached linen.
Again I didn´t use a pattern, but found useful and inspiring pictures of original and reproduction waistcoats online and in various books. I already knew what style I was going for – short waist, single row of buttons and a high collar to match the shirt and cravat. When cutting the pieces I used one of my modern waistcoats to achieve a good fit. I cut 2 front pieces from the silk and 2 pieces of linen for the lining. Silk interfacing for the front. Collar in 2 layers of linen sandwiched between silk. Back 2 pieces + 2 identical pieces for the lining. Time was running, so I machine-stitched the shoulder seams and side seams on outer fabric and the lining, before sewing them together, right sides in, at the collar opening. Then turned the right side out, and handstitched the armscyes. Checked the fit and then folded in and handstiched the bottom edge. Sewed on the collar. I also took time to pick the edges with tiny stiches. Later in the evening I made six buttonholes, covered the buttons and sewed them on. Mr Elton´s attire for the ball is done! You may notice a mistake. Take a close look or wait until l´ll reveal it in one of the upcoming posts.