18th Century Waistcoat For My Husband

My husband, Christopher, wearing his new 18th century waistcoat. See the link below for more information and photos.

Just a quick entry to let you know I finally finished my husband’s 18th century waistcoat.

It has plenty of mistakes and things I’m not happy about, but overall it will work and most importantly — he loves it!

His excitement makes me incredibly happy since he was never interested in costuming before.

I really hope I’m able to finish everything in time for the picnic in November.

I still have to make his jacket and breeches, and order things like shoes and stockings.

I also changed the ruffle on his shirt (I would like to make another cravat, but we’ll see if I have time), and I adjusted the hair accessory to clip onto his shorter hair. He had longer hair before, and cut it when he got a new job.

You can see the waistcoat page with a few more photos here:

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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6 Responses to 18th Century Waistcoat For My Husband

  1. Sandi says:

    I love it! Especially the pic of him writing.

  2. Thank you so much for doing this. Yep, I love it and look forward to my first costumed event…where I’m actually in costume!

  3. @Sandi: I think I need to do another series like that. Get some better accessories, and a nice glass of something. 😀

    @Christopher: You’re welcome! I hope I can finish in time, and make sure everything still looks nice and fits well!

  4. CMStewart says:

    Congratulations, it looks great. 🙂 I especially like the billowy cuffs.

    I’m with Sandi- that’s an awesome writing pic of Christopher. Then again, he always comes across as the Quintessential Writer in his writing pics.

  5. Diane says:

    You are your own biggest critic, Cynthia! I think the waistcoat is beautiful, and your attention to detail is impressive.

  6. @CMStewart: Thanks! I’m so looking forward to getting some photos in costume with him, not to mention letting him pose for some nice scenes. I only wish we had better scenery here in Texas! 😀

    @Diane: Thank you! I have always been very critical of anything I do, I admit it. I like to challenge myself, and while I might repeat some things I didn’t like I try to consider my goals for future garments. Although I will never be as good with historical accuracy as some folks (there is some amazing work out there), I definitely want to get better. I want to use better fabrics once I get used to finding what I want and budgeting for it, as well as construction and understanding each change that occurs over time in an era. When you see what can be done by really good seamstresses and tailors, not to mention study actual garments thanks to museums sharing photos of what they have… it really inspires you to try harder when you can! 🙂

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