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Sewing the Traditional Waistcoat

Here in March I am attending evening classes in how to sew the traditional waistcoat for men. This one is  for my son. His grandmother embroidered the fabric, and this is what it looks like, when it’s ready. From this piece I will cut the two fronts, the collar and the pockets.

Ready to cut. The fabric has been folded, so the embroidered patterns are placed exactly over one another.

And then you cut. Deeply concentrated.
Marjun in the photo is making a children’s waistcoat size 12-14 years.

Phew, so far so good.

Finished all the cutting, also the lining. On top here is the collar and the pocket.

Next step is to place the pocket, sew it on and cut a hole for it. This is probably the most difficult part of the whole waistcoat. The photo shows front and back after the cut.

Made it :) The pocket isn’t big. It only holds your watch or your keys, but it is a very important part of the waistcoat.

14 days to the next class but I have homework. I will try to get the collar ready.


2 comments to Sewing the Traditional Waistcoat

  1. Maggie Gean says:

    Ah ha, so the embroidery work is planned out and done on the fabric first. No wonder they look so nice, it makes a big difference. Hope the homework goes well

    • Hanne says:

      Yes, first you buy the fabric and pay someone for printing the pattern on it, so it’s ready for the embroidery. No wonder the finished waistcoat is so very expensive.