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This waistcoat is inspired by Guilderoy Lockheart from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. From reading the books I see his clothes as quite flamboyant but formal so when I came across this fabric in my stash I thought it was perfect because of it's formality, but subtle bling.
I chose to make a waistcoat because I wanted something that would be a fun challenge, and if it went well it would also fit quite nicely into my wardrobe should I wish.
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The pattern comes from Black Snail Patterns and it is for an 1890's vest. In hindsight this pattern may have been a more challenging choice for my first go at a waistcoat however it was fun to make so I did not mind too much.
The fabric I had in my stash was a polyester jacquard that I bought as an impulse during the first lockdown. At times I did struggle with the amount it frayed however I soon found having a candle close by was a huge help because it meant I could melt the edges slightly.
The biggest challenge I think I faced was being told at the end of December that I couldn't return to my uni accommodation because that meant that I was stuck with literally a machine, pins, pencil case and scissors. Although I had such a small range of tools I was determined to make the waistcoat just to be able to say that I did it. If I had have been allowed back to my accommodation I would have used my dress form to help with the fit as I have some spinal issues which can make garments that go below my waist fit very oddly. Luckily the corset helped smooth things out a bit more than I expected. Being allowed back would have also given me access to the clothes that actually fit with the waistcoat (eg waist high skirts) instead of the mish mash I ended up with.