Another Waistcoat Part 2

Last time I presented this new project. A striped waistcoat with two rows of self covered buttons. It is not a major undertaking but do you think I managed to finish it? No. But I have at least sewn a little.

I am using a version of the flatlining technique (there seem to be different methods out there!) that is rarely seen today (except perhaps in haute couture). Before assembling the garment, main fabric and lining are joined together and are treated as one layer. The separate pieces of the main fabric are sewn together with corresponding piece of lining, right sides together. The right side is then turned out. This gives more weight to my rather thin main fabric and it makes neat edges on at least three sides. To assemble the waistcoat the pieces are whip-stitched or seamed together. This is the same method I used when making the pink linen waistcoat.

Waistcoat Williamsburg

Inspiration: Waistcoat, striped pink silk 1780-1800. Origin: Europe or England. Pink and cream silk satin with horizontal stripe, linen lining. Double breasted style with lapels and standing collar. Horizontal pocket welts. Waistcoat is cut straight across at waist. Back of plain linen with fitting ties. Colonial Williamsburg.


The two front pieces are nearly done. I am saving the bottom edge and top of lapel for later.


The inside: facing and lining.


A peek between the layers: (from top) lining/facing, interlining and outer fabric.


The back is cut from a thin cotton-linen blend. It looks hand-woven (althouhg it is not) and reminds me of cheese cloth. I certainly don´t need another warm garment and this fabric lets the heat out.


The back is treated in the same way as the front pieces (with the exception of interlining), two layers are stitched together, then turned right side out.

I have very little time at present, but my plan is to present the finished waistcoat in the next post…