The Phantom Waistcoat



Kayla Patterson

Outline the story …

My piece is inspired by Gaston Leroux's novel "The Phantom of the Opera". I drew inspiration from the Phantom himself, being in formal evening dress throughout the novel. The embroidery is a visual reference to the "keys of life and death" that appear later in the novel. The waistcoat itself is based on 1879-1880s mens' evening waistcoats, the original sketch of the Phantom costume in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera,' and the Phantom costume as it exists today. This project is a labor of love, as I've loved both the novel and stage production since I was 14.

Outline the construction…

Materials include black linen, fusible interfacing, buttons, snaps, buckle, and embroidery floss. Pattern is a self-modified version of the 1890s waistcoat, view B, by Black Snails Patterns. Mostly constructed by hand save for back and side seams. Modifications were made to the collar and front panels to achieve a look closer to the inspiration peices, while still maintaining a feminine form.




  1. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 11, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I can absolutely see the echoes of the Phantom in this, while also appreciating how good it looks with modern clothes. The shape is wonderful. Best of luck x

  2. Avatar Divya RV on March 12, 2021 at 6:45 am

    This is a lovely waistcoat, something that looks like it can be used everyday too. The fit is so perfect and neat!All the best.

  3. Avatar Andrea Olinte on March 12, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful fitting waistcoat. Well done.

  4. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    The fit looks great! Very lovely 🙂

  5. Avatar Elena Migliorin on March 13, 2021 at 10:10 am

    I think you did a really good job with the fitting. It doesn’t seem to be easy to modify and adapt so very well done! I wish you all the best for the competition!

  6. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 2:39 am

    This is superbly made and fitted, and I made a squeal of glee at the grasshopper and the scorpion!

  7. Avatar Lisa Olsen on March 19, 2021 at 3:09 am

    I do love a good waistcoat! Well done!

  8. Avatar KC (Keowyndrial) on March 19, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Very well done – excellent fit and beautifully made overall! I love the embroidery – gives it that extra something special.

  9. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 3:53 am

    Waistcoats are wasted on men, in my opinion! I love this! Thank you!

  10. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Lovely waistcoat! The embroidery does give it an extra little flair that’s perfect for Phantom

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