Hot! Work in Progress: Blue Linen Sleeved Waistcoat

So, I’m hoping to have enough clothes finished before Under The Redcoat to be able to participate in the event in a set of new men’s clothes.  I already have a shirt, stockings, shoes, and a hat, but I need to make a pair of breeches and a sleeved waistcoat before the end of June.  I’ve decided to make a waistcoat with laced-on sleeves, so that I can use it either as an outer garment with the sleeves or as a middle layer without them.  Though laced on sleeves seem to have mostly gone out of fashion by the late 1770s in New England, here in the southern states they were still fairly common.  I will be taking advantage of this in order to create a very versatile garment.

gwaistcoatThe piece will be made out of the blue linen I mentioned in my fabric post, and will be made using J.P. Ryan’s waistcoat pattern, though I’m probably also going to take some fitting inspiration from my copy of The Cut of Men’s Clothes (random fact: I had that book checked out of my university’s library for four straight years).  I’ll be cutting the pattern out tonight, and will be making a muslin over the weekend, so keep your eye out for posts about it!

On a related note, if you have any advice or info you think that I should keep in mind, please let me know about it in the comments!  I am always looking for quality research.


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  1. Oooh, neat. I’m getting ready to do a waistcoat, too, since my current one is too early for 1770s. I’m using the red linen I picked up at Rockford last year. I want to do a sleeved waistcoat also, but that can wait until the weather gets cooler and I find the perfect fabric.