Sophie Laing

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Black Snail Patterns

Outline the story …

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.

Outline the construction…

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.




  1. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 11, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    What a thing to start with! So much structure and fit. And it worked so well. I love the fabric, too. I hope you wear it often and proudly. Best of luck x

  2. Avatar Lindsey on March 12, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Stunning! Will you sign my book Professor?

  3. Avatar Laura Wemyss on March 12, 2021 at 11:20 am

    What a classy waistcoat! The covered buttons are a nice touch. I can absolutely envision Guilderoy Lockheart in such a garment!

  4. Avatar Andrea Olinte on March 12, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    It looks amazing. Beautiful collar.

  5. Avatar Teri Plemel on March 12, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    What a great look, I love it!

  6. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Lovely! I would totally wear this for every day fashion and channel my inner Lockheart XD

  7. Avatar Katherine B on March 12, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    I just went and bought that pattern based on how well your vest came out – it’s beautiful. Brava!

  8. Avatar Suzi Smart on March 12, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    The double breasted style of the waistcoat with the choice of fabric just cries out “Guilderoy Lockheart”! Great job.

  9. Avatar Manon L'Hostis on March 13, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Love that fabric!!

  10. Avatar Alizée Charrié on March 13, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    OMG, just look at that! That is so stunning! Everything in this waistcoat is beautiful

  11. Avatar Annie Marshall on March 13, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Love this!

  12. Sophia Khan Sophia Khan on March 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    It fits perfectly!

  13. Avatar Becky C on March 14, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    This is wonderful! Absolutely something Lockhart would have worn.

  14. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 15, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    That is lovely! Marvellously done!

  15. Avatar Wendy on March 16, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    It looks sumptuous! I love it!

  16. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 3:13 am

    I would never have guessed you had any fitting issues. It looks fantastic! The fabric choice and clear buttons are so perfect for your theme, and just a beautiful garment on its own.

  17. Avatar KC (Keowyndrial) on March 19, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I love the fabric and think it’s perfect for Gilderoy’s character – you did an amazing job, I would never have known about the challenges you faced without your explanation. The collar, the buttons, the fit… wow!

  18. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 4:34 am

    Very nice, I love a well made waistcoat and you did it! Thank you!

  19. Avatar Benigna on March 26, 2021 at 10:55 am

    This looks wonderful and the fabric is very fitting for Gilderoy Lockhart!

  20. Avatar Bianca on March 29, 2021 at 1:17 am

    I think this turned out wonderfully and that fabric has Lockhart written all over it.

  21. Avatar Felicity on March 29, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    I love the shape of this waistcoat! The fabric is perfect for lockhart but I would happily wear it anyday.

  22. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    This is an amazing interpretation of something he would wear. I love your fabric choice! Awesome job!

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