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A Monster of a Waistcoat

Added Jan 22, 2011

by froggypondd

Hamilton, New Ze...






I really liked the waistcoat Dianna Argon wore on It’s On With Alexa Chung so I decided to make myself one. It’s made from some faux fur that I bought to make drama costumes with and had a tiny scrap (less than 50cm) left over. I had to cut down on the seam allowance in order to get it to all fit going the same way.

I wanted to use white lining, but we didn’t quite have enough of the scraps we had so I used the gray instead. I was glad I’d had the experience of working with fur before so I knew to cut it with a craft knife and to use a crochet hook to pull the strands out of the seams afterward.

I used the Bolero pattern #129 from Burda’s 09/2010 magazine which was easy peasey. The pattern didn’t say to line it but I thought it would give a nicer feel on and would look more professional. I had a fair idea about how to work the lining since I made a lined skirt while I taking Fabric Tech at school but I mostly just played it by ear…

It is summer in New Zealand at the moment however you wouldn’t know it – it’s currently overcast and drizzlying, thus the lackluster images

Update: I wore my waistcoat with a floor length green organza skirt and black singlet to my university ball (see the last two images). It was masquerade themed and I wore a lace mask I also made.

Material Notes

Faux fur and polyester lining – all left over scraps.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Rock
Leather/Fur, Polyester



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    Jan 24, 2011, 10.04 PMby tasallison

    yeah i agree, yours is way better!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 01.45 AMby emily-marie

    Yours has a much better proportion than the one she wore, it’s lovely!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 02.28 AMby froggypondd

      Thanks! Yeah mine also would have used a lot less material. I’d hate to think how much her one cost!

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