Belvedere Waistcoat Pattern
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.
Light to medium weight suiting fabrics including wool, linen and blends. You can also experiment with unconventional fabrics such as upholstery fabrics, corduroy, sturdy knit fabrics, canvas or denim. Allow extra fabric if you choose a print that needs matching such as plaid or stripes.
There are three options when choosing materials for the lining and waistcoat back
- Choose the same fabric for the waistcoat lining and back. Select a good quality lining material since the lining will be visible on the exterior of the waistcoat.
- Use lining fabric for the waistcoat interior and contrast fabric (such as satin, linen or cotton) for the waistcoat back.
- Use lining fabric for the waistcoat interior and the main fabric for the waistcoat back. Waistcoats with a full back (using the main fabric) are usually worn without a suit jacket.
- Interfacing: medium weight fusible or sewn-in. Excellent options include 100% cotton interfacing, tailoring canvas or woven fusible interfacing.
- Variation 1: (6) 1/2" to 5/8" buttons
- Variation 2: (5) 1/2" to 5/" buttons
- Optional: For stronger pockets, you can use tightly woven cotton (often called pocketing) instead of lining material for the upper and lower pocket bags. If you choose to do this, you will need 0.1m/0.1yards of pocketing fabric. Don't cut out piece 8 or 11 from lining as suggested in the cutting layouts. Instead, just cut them out of pocketing.
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