I have a treat for you today – a parade of finished Belvedere Waistcoats! I hope your waistcoats will be worn to many memorable events this summer! I know a few of them were sewn for lucky grooms and others were sewn to wear at the local pub. Maybe others will be given to a deserving Dad this Father’s Day (on Sunday)?
The dark grey fabric and luxurious champagne lining used on this waistcoat are a perfect combo of fabrics. And those welt pockets look very well executed! This Belvedere was sewn by Jane of The Drapery for her husband, Andy. She wrote a review on The Drapery blog.
Next we have a work of art sewn by Zak! Check out the embroidery and the custom chest pocket! Plus, I don’t think I need to point out the paisley lining since it is difficult to miss (and matches the embroidery so beautifully).
Many of you have been sharing your Belvedere photos on Instagram using #belvederewaistcoat Here are a few of the versions that stood out to me today:
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I made a waistcoat? I made a @threadtheorydesigns #belvederewaistcoat! My friend Mike (pictured here) got married on Saturday and he rush-commissioned me to make him a waistcoat from the official Mars Exploration tartan- I should note that he has helped drive and operate the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity for the past 12 years from JPL, so the tartan was very appropriate. This is my first commission and I could not be more pleased with the results! (Plus, check out that sick plaid matching across the buttons 😎). #memade #sewing #sewcialists #marsexplorationtartan #marsexploration
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Happy #memademay2017 . Today we have my test version of the #belvederewaistcoat from @threadtheorydesigns made in #conemills selvage denim purchased @stonemountainfabric in #berkeley. We also have the #strathconahenley i made for my hubby last year (also @threadtheorydesigns ) and my super sexy #ddsafran jeans @deer_and_doe_patterns . And of course, underneath it all is my #watsonbra from @clothhabit. All fabric purchased @stonemountainfabric . Vest buttons are new old stock. I made no mods for fit. Size xs worked fine, but I'm not very buxom. The length and waist circumference was perfect for my 5'6" height and athletic build. I usually wear a women's medium and have measurements of 37-30-40. Only pattern mod was adding a belt and buckle to waist darts in back (not pictured here). Mine is non-functional but making it function would solve fit issurs for many women (or busty men). Beautiful pattern. Thank you @threadtheorydesigns for letting me test. #memadeeveryday #makersgonnamake #denimlove #menswear #vintagestyle #indiepatterns #isewmyownclothes #sewist #sewistsofinstagram
To finish off this sew-along parade, Matt photographed me in my new Belvedere standing in front of the garden.
As mentioned before, I did not make the suggested alterations to my waistcoat in order to fit it to a female figure. I wanted this sample to serve as a visual example to show why making a few simple fit adjustments can lead to a much more flattering waistcoat for women.
The main thing to notice is that smaller armholes are needed. For me they gape at the front but on other women (depending on your bust size), you may find they gape at the back. I’ve explained how to adjust the armhole earlier in the blog.
Since I have a pretty small bust measurement I don’t think the gaping is that bad or noticeable. The main thing I dislike is how low the armhole sits at my underarm. The next time I sew a Belvedere for myself I will reduce the scoop of the front armhole so that the curve is more shallow and so that the side seam is at least 1″ longer.
I think this waistcoat will be worn often in the Fall despite the fact that it is not perfectly fitted to my figure. I love how warm the spongy wool is! It’s satisfying to have a project finished and sitting in my closet a whole season early…that doesn’t happen often.
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Happy Father’s Day!