RH928 — 1850s-1900s Step Collar Waistcoats

(1 customer review)


Victorian Waistcoat sewing pattern



Buy our step-collar weskit for a Dandy Victorian vest!

You need our full size paper pattern for Men’s Waistcoats (Vests) for the 1850s through 1900s. Single- and double-breasted versions both included.

Fits chests 38″-54″ with instructions for making the pattern fit larger sizes. All sizes are included in one envelope.  Or choose Made to Measure and have a pattern made to your personal measurements.

Embellishment suggestions, historical notes and period tailoring techniques included.

Suggested Fabrics:
silk or suit wool
lightweight silk or linen for lining
heavy linen or canvas for interlining and back

Yardage Requirements:
2 yds at least 45″ wide
(1 yard each if making plain linen back)

buttons for front closure
buttonhole floss

Let us help you! At Reconstructing History, we want to see you wearing the best garments you are capable of making. Email us at and we will answer any questions you might have.

Additional information

Weight 115 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable


Standard Sizing, Made to Measure

1 review for RH928 — 1850s-1900s Step Collar Waistcoats

  1. reena (verified owner)

    Good fit but sits higher (at belt line or higher) than modern vests, so measure your desired back length as well as your chest before deciding which size to use. For example: a thin, tall person could use the smaller chest size but need a longer back length than the smaller size gives.

    Also there are a couple of errors on the pattern:
    1. breast pocket welt cut ONE, other pocket cut TWO
    2. breast pocket is on LEFT side of front, not right, for right-handed folks. This means also that the breast pocket welt needs to be FLIPPED OVER, as the pattern piece, used as printed, will make a right-hand breast pocket.
    3. the back belt pattern needs adjustment for the smaller sizes; cut it shorter by the same increment as the back.

    I didn’t follow the directions given, but used modern vest construction techniques, so have no comments on the clarity of the instructions.

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