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Waistcoats, vests, vestees (if you’re Canadian), sleeveless upper-body garments covered in sequins, studs, embroidery— call it what you will, the point is, waistcoats make any outfit a little bit cooler.

I was perusing through some inspiring pictures on lookbook.nu and I realized that there were four patterns we have on BurdaStyle from which you can create similar waistcoats featured in these adorable looks! Do you wear waistcoats? Vests? Have you made any of your own, own a leather one, a plaid one, a vintage one? Share! Check out this member’s vest made from pattern 4.

1. Sequin Waistcoat
2. Denim Vest
3. Bohemian Waistcoat
4. Rocker Vest with Ties


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    Sep 6, 2010, 02.08 AMby kunoni

    I’m actually working one now. I find, for more casual days, vests that hit the waist up, look great with simple tees and skinny jeans. longer ones also look great like that, But also look good with skirts (especially high waisted skirts)

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    Sep 3, 2010, 10.01 AMby maxathon

    I WOULD….. if i had one :|

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    Sep 3, 2010, 10.01 AMby maxathon

    I WOULD….. if i had one :|

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    Sep 2, 2010, 08.03 PMby strickmeise

    I love vests! There are lots in my suitcase. And I just sewed one – look at my studio! On this pic like best The “Rocker Vest with Ties”, I think I’ll sew one …

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      Sep 3, 2010, 02.34 AMby alisondahl

      So cute! I am posting it here so everyone can see, yours is similar to the Rocker Vest:

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      Sep 6, 2010, 05.28 PMby strickmeise

      Thank you very much!

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    Sep 2, 2010, 06.16 PMby chadrific

    I keep starting them and then forgetting them. I have several vintage ones that I love and I’ve even started buying men’s vests since I’m super busty (34G) and most modern women vests have this lovely 2 in front…like those even cover anything! I really want a sequin one…or a heavily beaded one…guess I should finish one of mine soon.

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    Sep 2, 2010, 04.51 PMby carolinam

    haven’t made one yet, mm maybe i should. It is ideal for colder days if you do not want to wear big sweaters (i am preparing for the winter now)

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    Sep 2, 2010, 04.04 PMby Laura Bolčina

    I already made one, which is also published in my studio. I’m planning to do another one, since they really come in handy at spicing up some dull garments. :D

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    Sep 1, 2010, 03.13 PMby likejersey

    I haven’t worn a vest since those floral tapestry ones in the early 90s, but I’ve been thinking that a vest would help “professionalize” some basic knit tops for the work place. Jackets are too much for my job, and I’ve never found one comfortable enough to wear all day.

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      Sep 3, 2010, 02.37 AMby alisondahl

      OMG— My mom used to make those for me and my sister! We’d use sort of stiff floral upholstery fabric, I am so glad you reminded me of those. Very 90210. We made scrunchies to match, but we’d wear them on our wrists instead of our hair.

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    Sep 1, 2010, 01.05 PMby brookiearr

    I LOVE vests, I haven’t had the time to start the vest patterns I recently found but I’m looking forward to it! They are adorable. Thanks for Inspiration!

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    Sep 1, 2010, 07.01 AMby magdamagda

    thanks for the inspiration, it put waistcoats into a totally new light for me… I have been rather reluctant regarding this piece of clothing so far but the pictures on the left just have that something I couldn’t say no to! plus multi- layered clothing is something I find very cool! so I will have to design some waistcoats soon:D

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    Sep 1, 2010, 06.14 AMby mathildeaparis

    Thanks for this article, which is very nice! I hope you will read others like this one!

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    Aug 31, 2010, 11.35 PMby Passiona Cottee

    Don’t forget the Louisa ! Here’s a linen one made from Italian fabric swatches saved from the local community centre. It has the Franzi back on the Louisa front without the lapel. Louisa is like Franzi with a softer curved v-line on the front. I love waistcoats. Franzi was my first real sewing project and it’s also how I found BurdaStyle – I searched the web for a free vest pattern and… my life changed for ever :D Dsc01009_large

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      Sep 3, 2010, 02.39 AMby alisondahl

      What a cool story! My favorite Louisa variation:

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    Aug 31, 2010, 09.55 PMby mixtlii

    I really like waistcoats, but I never wear them because I have big boobs compared to my size, and I’m afraid it would look tight.. And about a “bohemian” style, as I am very small, I don’t think it would be flattering either. Anyone has an opinion about that?

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      Sep 1, 2010, 12.12 AMby Passiona Cottee

      If you are concerned about “tightness” then, yes, for you, the Franzi pattern’s bust would need to be altered from the ‘B’ cup it is based on. I think the looser bohemian vests could be flattering for you, if, for example, you chose the one with the ties at the waist. It would not be tight on your bust and you could pull it in to show off your small waist! But I do understand bohemian can be a challeging style to wear… to pull it off as chic and not look like your wearing rags ;)

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      Sep 2, 2010, 01.14 AMby cambra

      I feel for you with being busty and wanting to wear a vest/waist coat. I just made a cropped one from a 70’s pattern and it fit my waist perfectly…but I cant button the top one, so my suggestion is, if you want to wear a vest, wear a tailored one and show off what ya got, or i think an open bohemian one would be really easy to pull off with just a T and jeans

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      Sep 2, 2010, 06.14 PMby chadrific

      I wear vests all the time, and I’m REALLY busty (lol). Trick is finding one with a width that’ll cover your bust…and don’t button the vest. Most of my blazers and vests (and I stay away from button downs) stay open. Bohemian styles are easy to pull off for everyone, make sure you get one that is loose and longer (like down to your hips at least) then pair it with closer fitting clothing (like a tee and jeans) or a shorter one (that ends at the waist) also kept open but with a looser tee. The key is proportion (and by at waist because I assume you have a small one, it literally has to be at waist or about an inch below it to be flattering)

      Being busty doesn’t mean you have to cut out certain styles, you just gotta figure out how to make it work for you…except buttondowns, I’m still stumped on that haha

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    Aug 31, 2010, 09.53 PMby ijada13

    Wow this takes me back! One of the first projects I ever made was a waistcoat… It was terrible hahaha, I think it was the first pattern i ever followed :) these patterns are a lot nicer :D

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    Aug 31, 2010, 09.50 PMby kpoole2140

    My secret to welt pockets: Clotilde has a welt pocket maker. It’s a metal device that you use to make perfectly set welts. Do a few practice ones first. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. You can make flaps and put them up inside the welt, for a tailored look. There are similar, smaller devices available at garage sales to make bound button holes. Keep your eyes out for them.

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      Sep 1, 2010, 12.57 AMby laurwyn

      Thank you! I have done my first ones tonight, and I am ok with them… Next time will be better…

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      Sep 1, 2010, 01.08 AMby deidrek

      Hello kpoole

      i have just had a look at the website for Clotilde, they have some beaut accessories but couldnt find the welt pocket maker. I will certainly have a longer look but will need to work out if it is worthwhile buying from them with the exchange rates and shipping to Australia!! I have never had too much trouble with welts, I think the secret is having them acurately marked and stabilise the fabric well before sewing
      happy sewing


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    Aug 31, 2010, 07.41 PMby samanthaapril

    Yes I’m Canadian too and I’ve never heard anyone call them “vestees” haha…but yes they’re cute, and I’d wear one too :o). I like the third one; it looks soft and comfortable.

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    Aug 31, 2010, 06.23 PMby jellyfishparade

    “Vestee” made me giggle. I’ve lived all over Canada & I’ve never heard anyone call them that. That said, I do wear them! I like wearing cropped fitted ones over full skirts & dresses & belting over them, sort of like the 2nd photo.

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      Aug 31, 2010, 06.30 PMby alisondahl

      haha, when I looked up “vest” in the encyclopedia it mentioned Canadians calling them “vestees”! Who knows exactly when and where…

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    Aug 31, 2010, 12.10 PMby violetsky

    I love the sequin and demin vests. I had planned to make a demin one this summer but think I will save my money and invest in a boat for this horrid wet english summer instead.

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