Make a stunning Dress Weskit!
When worn with evening dress (tailcoats), waistcoats were always white, typically made from marcella or piqué matching the white bow tie. With morning dress (cutaways), waistcoats were grey or buff with black waistcoats only worn for funerals. In the 1880s when the dinner jacket (“Tuxedo”) became the informal alternative to dinner dress, black waistcoats were worn.
Use our easy-to-follow pattern to make a Men's Waistcoat (Vest) for wear with Evening Dress from the 1880s through 1900s. Includes single and double-breasted options.
Fits chests 38" to 54". All sizes in one envelope.
Also included are assembly instructions, embellishment suggestions, and the extensive historical notes you've come to expect from Reconstructing History.
Suggested Fabrics: silk or wool; linen or lightweight silk for lining; medium to heavy linen for interlining (optional); medium linen or cotton for back
Notions: thread; buttons for front closure; buttonhole floss
Outer material 1 yd at least 45” wide
plain linen or cotton back 1 yd at least 45” wide
lining 1 yd at least 45” wide
interlining (optional) 1 yd at least 45” wide