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Violin Vest - Final by sidneyeileen Violin Vest - Final by sidneyeileen
This is a fully reversible men's steampunk vest. The brown side is cotton duck, and the reverse is peacock-colored dupioni silk. I made a prototype version last fall. This is the final version.

I drew the violin design freehand in chalk, and then painted it with Jaquard fabric paints. It is a unique design. I heat-set the paint so it is washing machine friendly. The fabric was also pre-washed in hot water, so the vest may be steamed or ironed as well.

The pattern is an adaptation of several plates from the Handbook of Practical Cutting on the Centre Point System 1866, a book which is apparently now out of print and very expensive. If you are interested in making Mens' Victorian clothing and can afford this book, I highly recommend it. It is a modern edit of a Victorian text describing how to draft and make tailored clothing, first published in 1866 and 1868. Most of the plates are of Men's clothing, but there are also some women's fashions and children's fashions.

The primary plate I referenced is on p. 43, figure 4 and figure 5. I widened the overlap of the double-breast from ~2" to ~4". I also split the back panel into two pieces, referencing some of the basic coat patterns for a proper curve to give a fine tailored shape to the back of the vest. The basic size is the same chest measurement as Nathaniel Johnstone, so I did not to make any alterations to the dimensions on the prototype. However, the patterns in the Handbook are designed for a fashionable dandy silhouette, so on the final version I let out the waist quite a bit for a comfortable modern fit. On the final version I also moved the breast curve seam from the center front to a princess seam location. This allows the double breast to fold more smoothly, and will make it easier to adjust the pattern to fit other people, including women.

Prototype Version:
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Violin Vest - Final by =sidneyeileen ( Suggested by FrockTarts and Featured by Talty )
andyfrogman Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I love this, reminds me a lot of the Aetherblades from Guild Wars 2.
Talty Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Hello! Just wanted to let you know that this was featured in November's Artisan Crafts DD Roundup. Keep up the good work!
Braveblood Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Michael Jackson! I bet he would've bought this. :)
Leioll Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
oooooh i do want~
Congrats on the DD :D
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
wolvensong Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so cool and stylish! I love how many different ways you can wear it :) Congrats on the DD, and thanks for sharing
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :aww:
lilworkerb Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Wow! This is great! I'd love to have a jacket made like this. I'm going to look into getting that book.
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a fantastic book. The instructions take some serious deciphering, as they bear very little relation to what modern tailoring I am familiar with, but if you can muddle through that it's an invaluable resource.
lilworkerb Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I'm new to sewing, so hopefully I catch on quick! But everything about yours is just perfect- The coloring, the art on the back. Just great!
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