But one project I have (finally) completed is a Victorian Waistcoat or Vest for my husband.
The vest was made from the pattern Simplicity 2895 and since it's a commercially available pattern I won't go into detail on how to make it. Wait for a $0.99 or $1.99 sale and buy the pattern. It's also got a nice period shirt and frock coat. The fabric is a home dec remnant I found at Hobby Lobby. I'm so thrilled I was able to get enough fabric for this from a remnant.
I've actually been working on this since November. I initially wanted to have this done for Dickens on the Strand, but the welt pockets gave me hell. After four days spent trying to figure out how to do one pocket, I gave up and stuck the project in a bag. When I went back to it this month, I was surprised to find that suddenly the instructions as written made sense and I was able to finish them with a minimum of difficulty.
Sewing period items like this reminds you of why clothes used to be custom made or at least custom altered by a tailor. Now we all wear stretch clothing or baggy T-shirts. But when you're dealing with an item as fitted as a vest, it's unlikely that one size is going to fit all. Since I had a limited amount of fabric, I was forced to alter the size by adding panels to the shoulders and the sides. I added a two inch insert in the shoulder seams to increase the length to fit my long-waisted husband. And then I added a few inches to the sides to ensure the vest would close properly. I really need to start thinking about these things before I start cutting. But if the alterations are not as gorgeous as I might have wanted them to be, the final result fits well and looks good.
NOTE: I now have a tutorial posted on how to make the welt pockets! It only took me a year to get comfortable with them!