New sizing: Misses XS-3XL; Men's SM-3XL.
Folkwear offers three sewing patterns for Victorian Vests for women and two for men in this package. In Victorian times, gentlemen were not considered properly dressed without a jacket, vest (or waistcoat), and tie. Indeed, even smart Victorian women donned fitted vests for street wear, with walking skirts and long jackets. Today, the vest is still an integral part of business attire and fashion for men and women.
Views A and B are originally men's vests, now sized also for women. View C is a closely fitted women's vest. All three are fully lined; the backs are cut from lining fabric for comfort and to reduce bulk.
View A is a simple, collarless V-neck vest with four welt pockets and adjustable back waist belt. Center front is pointed at the bottom and rises to high hip length at sided and back.
View B is bias-cut for a decorative fabric treatment, featured a shawl collar, and ends above the hipbones with a shallow point in front. Like View A, a back waist belt adjusts the fit.
View C is shorter, extending just to the waist. Four front darts fit the vest snugly to the bust. A small notched collar plunges into the double-breasted front, which closes with two rows of buttons.
Traditional Bow Tie (with instructions for tying) are also included.
This is the PDF version of the pattern. For the paper pattern, go here. This PDF (downloadable) pattern has separate files for printing each vest (and bow tie) in copy shops (A0 and 36" wide paper) as well as at home. Cutting and sewing instructions for all three vests and the bow tie are in one file.
Suggested fabrics: Medium to heavyweight fabrics of cotton, silk, wool, linen, synthetics or blends with or without nap, such as brocade, velvet, corduroy, canvas, pique, velveteen, or synthetic suede. The bias cut of the shawl-collar vest is especially suitable for stripes or plaids.
Yardage chart (.pdf)
Note: Updated yardage chart includes men's sizing