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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.

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Violin Vest - Final by =sidneyeileen ( Suggested by FrockTarts and Featured by Talty )
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andyfrogman Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I love this, reminds me a lot of the Aetherblades from Guild Wars 2.
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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!
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Braveblood Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Michael Jackson! I bet he would've bought this. :)
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Leioll Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
oooooh i do want~
Congrats on the DD :D
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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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
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :aww:
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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.
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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.
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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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ValenceHeart2012 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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madnezz344 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
nice :D
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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asclives Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
This is such an innovative design, and really well executed. You should feel proud!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I was very happy with how it turned out. :aww:
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Brilliant! This is very interesting!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
WOOOOOOOW loved it!!!!!! so nice I fall iin love with it! love this kind of clothes! you did a great work of art!!!!!!!!!!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
YOu are very very welcome!!!!!
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doringabriel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
that's cool :D i want one too
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
The second I spotted this I thought. "this has to be for Nathanial" and what do you know!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is! :D
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savagedryad Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
He's one sweet guy he deserves it =D
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Ghost-Apple Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Congrats on the DD dear! I thought I saw something familiar down in the DD section and low and behold it was you! I can't remeber if I saw the final product or not, but I do remember the lovely protoype of yours! Congrats once again for a well deserved DD.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you very much.
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Ghost-Apple Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
c:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD - love the colors
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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vince20100 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's interesting
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Phlum Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I personally think it'd look better with sleeves, since it seems to be more of a jacket than a waistcoat. :nod:
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My intention was to present an aesthetic between jacket and waistcoat, giving a more finished appearance than a typical waistcoat (which usually looks like it needs a jacket to finish the outfit) without the full coverage of an actual jacket. Historically inspired, modern garment.
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Phlum Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A very interesting idea.
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Phlum Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sexy.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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hypedoll Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hungarian hussar uniform suit
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Similar in many respects, yes. It is based off Victorian military patterns.
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plangkye Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that this is colorful. Too much steampunk clothing, especially the men's stuff, is so muted, when people from that era in the real world liked bright colors!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Seriously, right? After all, the color mauve was INVENTED in the Victorian. They liked them some color! :D
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plangkye Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is also why I like Girl Genius more than the grittier things under the general steampunk umbrella; Phil's character designs are full of vibrant outfits.
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animagic4u Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is delightful!! <3
I would like to see it on someone!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww: I have a couple photos of Nathaniel wearing it on my Facebook page --> [link]
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animagic4u Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow that's fantastic!! ^^ <3
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ZeTrystan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is one of the most beautiful vests I saw in my life, seriously. Wow.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thanks.
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ZeTrystan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
Haha. d:

Oh, by the way, a little question: how much time did it take for you to make it? (and I repeat: DAMN this vest is amazing.)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I made this marathon-style. The vest took about four days of solid work including drafting, and the painting another day and a half, if I remember right. That's what I got for putting it off and putting it off, and suddenly it was just a little over a week until he was going to be in town for a show. ;)
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's nice. It's neat how many ways it can be worn.
The violin looks perfect in this one.
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