Nice waistcoat, Vicar! That's what everyone will say!
Unlike fashionable gentlemen, for men of the cloth wild waistcoats were never the way. Somber-coloured waistcoats that matched the jacket and trousers were de rigueur for vicars in the late Victorian period. Clerical waistcoat diverged from fashion waistcoats in one main area (besides flamboyance). They have a high gorge (neckline) and short stand collar so that the traditional priest’s collar may be seen.
Our pattern helps your make a Clerical Waistcoat as worn by English clergy from the 1850s through the early 1900s, with a button front and high gorge, the small stand collar leaving just enough of an opening to glimpse your identifying collar.
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