And now for something completely different! This fantastic make comes from Jo at Three Stories High and is one of our favourite creations to date, as well as being the first garment made for a man! Over to Jo....


One for the boys

Here is one for the boys. We have been invited to a wedding with a dress code called 'a touch of country tweed'. Bloke has been asked to read a poem for his very good friend and also has to wear a tweed style waistcoat of his choosing. This is where I stepped in.

I have recently joined the blogging team at White Tree Fabrics so I ordered a pattern and some sumptuous satin lining. The main fabric I already had, it is some welsh wool from years and years ago, the 1980's I think, which someone gave me.
Ta dah!

The colours in the wool are perfect for matching any colour trousers or shirt - grey, navy, brown, white.

The quality of the lining from White Tree really made the back though. It looks so luxurious.

waistcoat with satin
The pattern construction was not for the beginner. It did have little pockets on the front with welts but the fabric was too thick to get the welts to sit flat (and I was a bit rubbish at it if the truth be told!!) so I binned that side and cut out another one. He was happy with a smooth fitting flat front. "What would I have put in a tiny pocket like that anyway?" he quizzed. 

This is the pattern from White Tree Fabrics. You can be a real master and try the one with the collar - it has 13 pieces in it, or just make a plain one like I did. 

So I know you will be wondering what does it actually look like.

waistcoat 2

We went to the wedding in our homemade outfits and lapped up the compliments.

Thanks for looking at my project. Thanks to all at White Tree Fabrics.

Jo xxxx

 Jo & waistcoat

We think Jo and her other half both look fantastic! What did you think of this make? If you want to make something similar, here's what you'll need:

The Satin lining can be found ► here 

The waistcoat sewing pattern is ► here

Matching sewing thread available ► here

Tweed Wool, inc. Scottish Tweed ► here