studio-tour-and-gift-boxes-19 Update 21/03/17: Thank you for such an enthusiastic response to this call for testers!  The testers have all been selected now (from hundreds of responses!) and I look forward to hearing their feedback.  The details that you sent in your blog comments and emails were extremely helpful to me.  I can't wait to share the finished pattern with you! Yes, we have a new pattern coming this Spring!  The third draft of the instructions will be sent off to our graphic designer this afternoon so I am ready to hear your feedback. I haven't been keeping our upcoming pattern a secret from you and have mentioned it several times on the blog. Usually I strive to keep upcoming designs a secret simply for the fun of it!  Many other pattern companies do this and I think it adds a sense of fun and excitement to impending pattern releases for both the pattern designer and the eager sewists.  The menswear patterns I am trying to develop for Thread Theory are a bit different though; our patterns are predominantly classic designs that can be used as building blocks for any men's wardrobe.  I don't try to create garment designs that are innovative or unique, instead, my main goal is to create a comprehensive collection of well fitting staples that use quality construction techniques. Fairfield-Button-Up-10 So...if I think about my aims, it seems a bit silly to keep my designs a secret!  Instead, I could be sharing them with all of you as I create the pattern to receive as much feedback as possible!  When I did this with our Fairfield Button-up pattern I was beyond thrilled with the feedback that you guys generously gave me.  I tallied up all of your blog comments and was surprised to discover that many of you preferred the option for darts on a men's shirt pattern.  This is not a common feature on most menswear shirts where I live and so I likely would have left the pleated back as the only option...thanks to your feedback, Variation 2 of the Fairfield featuring back darts was born and has since been a favourite style for Matt and for many of you! Belvedere Waistcoat line drawings Our impending spring pattern release is a classic men's waistcoat pattern.  This is an important garment to add to our pattern line for several reasons:  It is a key layering piece for formal outfits (and I think the more men need to realise how comfortable and versatile a vest is for both casual and formal outfits!).  It is an approachable and very satisfying 'first piece of menswear' for novice sewists.  It is quick and profitable to sew - you can create a whole bridal party worth of vests with only a small investment of time and fabric.  It is an excellent introduction to tailoring before you launch into larger projects such as a suit jacket or coat. [caption id="attachment_13640" align="alignnone" width="850"]waistcoasts for weddings Waistcoats + Summer Weddings = ideal combo.  Photos from this Pinterest board.[/caption] With those characteristics in mind, I've designed our waistcoat pattern to include two variations - one for novice sewists and one for sewists who would like to try their hand at more involved techniques. I am looking for test sewers to try out my pattern and instructions that fall in to both those categories.  Please comment on this post or email me at info@threadtheory.ca if you match either of these categories:
  1. You are fairly new to sewing and have not sewn a lined garment before.  You are opinionated about menswear styles and would like to give me feedback on both the instructions (are they intimidating, easy to understand, too detailed, not detailed enough?) and the style of the vest.
  2. You are experienced sewing waistcoats.  You have tried at least one waistcoat sewing pattern in the past and are willing to give me your opinion on the construction techniques that I have used.  You would be willing to have a look at some of the resources I have been referring to as I write the instructions and discuss the nitty gritty of order of construction, understitching, the size of the lining in relation to the main garment and that sort of thing.  I am looking for some very particular feedback that I will discuss with you over email!
I value tester feedback highly and appreciate that it takes a lot of time and effort on your part!  Please, only volunteer if this is something that you enjoy doing and would like to spend time chatting with me over the next three to four weeks!  There is no need to have a blog or any form of social media and you do not need to sew a presentable final garment if you do not want to (but I would prefer if you follow all of the steps, from understitching to adding buttons, even if it is just in scrap fabric). [caption id="attachment_13643" align="alignnone" width="850"]Waistcoats for casual wear Waistcoats - useful for all seasons and styles!  Photos from this Pinterest board.[/caption] If you don't want to test sew but still have an opinion about waistcoats (be it construction or styling), comment on this post!  Here are some thoughts to get you started:
  1. Have or would you sew a vest?
  2. How many pockets do you like? None, 2, 3, 4?
  3. How many buttons do you like?
  4. Do you prefer vests with a back panel made from lining fabric or from the main wool fabric?
  5. A vest worn without a suit jacket...yay or nay?
  6. What do you call them: Waistcoats or vests?
 

Comments

William

William said:

Love usable pockets in a waistcoat/vest. Like the idea of 3 to 4 pockets. Great to wear the vest with a pair of jeans and you can use many interesting fabrics front and back. I have made a few vests in the past and would really enjoy giving you detailed comments on the pattern. I am a very detailed sewer and I am always making changes to commercial patterns…don’the particularly like the commercial methods. Please count me in as a tester.

Julie Zammarchi

Julie Zammarchi said:

Hi,
I’m sewing a pattern of yours for the first time (jedediah) and that’s what led me to your blog today. I would like to test the vest pattern as well. I have experience sewing vests and all kinds of garments. I have made a few vests for my husband over the years. The last one was an awful Burdastyle pattern that was kind of a baggy fit with really giant armholes. I really didn’t understand the idea of a loose fitting vest. So anyway, please consider me in your search for pattern testers. I have some available time right now.

ThreadTheory

ThreadTheory said:

I have an overall tutorial on my to-do list! I received an email request for one some time ago from a clever woman who suggested I do the ‘bib’ part of the overall as a button on attachment for the Jutlands. That way you can wear the Jutlands as regular pants or as overalls. I’ve yet to work out the details but certainly plan to in the long run!

mcpicklespups

mcpicklespups said:

I think this would be an awesome opportunity, I’m a self taught sewer (recreation mostly) at the moment doing an online sewing diploma and am starting to make clothing. I have lined a few items in my past either didnt turn out so great or ended up hand stitching seams down a few times to get things to lay right.

royandgynna

royandgynna said:

I’m so excited to see this!!

I’m getting married this summer, and really hope this pattern is available before then so I can sew my fiance’s wedding vest! I’m currently weaving the fabric for it, have never sewn a vest before, but sew all my own clothes, so feel confident it will work!

Do you have an estimated release purchase date? With wedding planning, weaving the fabric for his vest, sewing my dress and making our decorations, I wont even think about offering to test, but really look forward to purchasing the pattern!

Gynna

lisa

lisa said:

Hi, I would fall into the novice category and have not sewn a lined garment. I would be happy to provide feedback on the instructions and my opinionated son will be happy to provide feedback on styling.

Have or would you sew a vest? have not, but would if chosen
How many pockets do you like? Two
How many buttons do you like? 3-5
Do you prefer vests with a back panel made from lining fabric or from the main wool fabric?back panel from lining
A vest worn without a suit jacket…yay
What do you call them: Waistcoats or vests? definitely a vest…

thanks,
lisa

Clare Hungate-Hawk

Clare Hungate-Hawk said:

I’m a theatrical costumer and have made quite a few vests in my career and personal life, testing this sounds interesting!

Jenny

Jenny said:

Love the new pattern! It is a great addition to your collection. Thank you for offering menswear patterns with tailoring details! I made the Goldstream for one of my sons this Christmas and it was such a great sew.

1. Made several. Need to make one in the next two weeks for my son’s bagpipe audition. :)
2. I like the option to change it for different occasions. Any chance of making pockets as different “views” to add or not as desired?
3. 5 or 6
4. I like same fabric for the back because my sons don’t usually wear them with jackets. Personally, I don’t like the belt in back because it seems as if it were properly fitted it would be unnecessary. I understand how it would be helpful if someone is hard to fit.
5. Yay!
6. Either. Grew up calling them vests but they were always waistcoats in costuming. :)

Anne

Anne said:

I am a novice sewer. I have sewn a few items for myself, but nothing lined yet. I love vests, both on men and women, and it’s one of the items I would really like to learn to sew. And although this feels kind of scary, because I’ve never done it before, I would LOVE to be a tester for your vest pattern. I would be on the true novice end of things, and could provide you feedback from that demographic.

Have or would you sew a vest? I have not, but would love to.
How many pockets do you like? None, 2, 3, 4? Gosh, probably 4. I love details, and especially pockets.
How many buttons do you like? 4 I think. That’s not something I’ve ever thought a lot about.
Do you prefer vests with a back panel made from lining fabric or from the main wool fabric? I’m used to seeing them with the back panel made from lining fabric, but I actually think I prefer the back to be made from the main wool fabric.
A vest worn without a suit jacket…yay or nay? Absolutely!
What do you call them: Waistcoats or vests? Vest:)

s39sherwood

s39sherwood said:

1. I would love to sew a vest. I once wore my dad’s wedding vest and decided, if I could, I would wear vests and suits all the time. I have never actually done this (wore that vest roughly 30 years ago). And, yes, I am a girl and would love to make a men’s vest that works for my girl body.
2. One or 2 pockets I think would be good.
3. I have no opinion yet on how many buttons. I feel like I would want it to be closed and close fitting all the way up.
4. I prefer having the back as the wool fabric, but I think that’s because I am thinking of wearing it as a stand alone (which answers #5)
6. Vests

Guido

Guido said:

1. I would like to wear a vest. My wife will sew it for me.
2. none or 2 hidden pockets
3. 5 buttons, this gives it a sporty look not to classic.
4. from the main wool fabric as I will wear it on its own.
5. without a suit jacket
6. vests

Cat

Cat said:

1. Never have, but would like to
2. I think I like the look of 3
3. 5
4. I dont know, I think I would have to do some looking around!!
5. yay . . . I like both looks though
6. I call them vests, but I think I like the term waistcoat better.

Karen

Karen said:

I love waistcoats, they always look so stylish. I have made two in the past both for myself I should add.
In answer to your questions
1. Yes I would definately make a waistcoat again, especially a nicely styled one. Might be worth considering dual sizing it could be fun his and hers.
2. I don’t tend to add pockets for me but I like to see 2 on a waistcoat for a man with an option for the top pocket. I like the traditional welt pockets but think that nicely shaped patch pockets could also look good and be an easier option maybe on the novice version. I think they would give a more casual vibe.
3. I like quite a few buttons close together as in your line drawing, but my husband says 4 is a good number, again I think options are a good way forward.
4. Both my husband and I prefer main fabric backs. I would go out of my way to pick a fabric better suited to this look. However a lining back is just more practical sometimes.
5. Love to see a waistcoat with no suit. My husband has had a few over the years and I would say they were mainly worn without a jacket
6. Always a Waistcoat to both myself and my husband. A vest to us is something entirely different.
My husband and I both really like the design based on the line drawing above. It looks like a modern classic that should stand the test of time. I like how you have kept the style quite ‘minimalist’.

Larry

Larry said:

I would love to be a tester for the vest pattern.
I’m a relative novice, but have made a few shirts, bags, raincoats, etc. I was looking for a vest pattern recently, but got sidetracked. I will probably pick this up when it’s available, as long as the Fairfield button-up I just ordered goes well. ;)

amcclure2014

amcclure2014 said:

1) I made my now son-in-law his wedding day waistcoat last June.
2) He wanted 2 pockets; these were mock pockets as he said he wouldn’t use them and so I didn’t want to risk proper ones
3) That depends on the style. Ours was formal but fun
4) Originally my sil wanted the back made of our wool tartan but I thought that might be to earn fit June and want sure it was ’appropriate ’

amcclure2014

amcclure2014 said:

Gosh, posted too early again while trying to correct typos.
4) I thought it might be too warm. I made back in tartan printed silk
5) My sil wore with his suit then on its own
6) Waistcoat
Pictures are on my blog.
I don’t think I can test waistcoat construction in your 3 week timescale unfortunately

Jane

Jane said:

So looking forward to this pattern! Here are my two cent’s worth:

Have or would you sew a vest? – bought a pattern with the intent of sewing one for my husband, but was put off when I discovered the lining did not have facings and the welt pockets were faux. How many pockets do you like? None, 2, 3, 4? – Would probably make 2. How many buttons do you like? – 5 probably Do you prefer vests with a back panel made from lining fabric or from the main wool fabric? – husband says he likes lining fabric at the back for the Australian climate, although personally I really like the look of full wool waistcoats! Would love pattern to have options. A vest worn without a suit jacket…yay or nay? – Definitely yes. Pretty much my husband’s uniform – jeans, shirt, waistcoat What do you call them: Waistcoats or vests? – waistcoat generally, I think of a vest as a knitted thing.
Jackie Holt

Jackie Holt said:

Hi Morgan, I am so happy to see your vest pattern, it looks fabulous, and I look forward to trying it. Sadly I do not have the time to be a tester, but as you know Malcolm is a great vest user and collector,and since I made a vest from the Harris Tweed jacket he is wanting more.
Thank you and I will buy a pattern and start more sewing soon.
Jackie Holt

bcrisp56

bcrisp56 said:

Hi Morgan, happy to test if needed. Sewed my first waistcoat for a boyfriend in 1976… baby blue pinwale corduroy with matching satin on the back. Not sure what happened to the garment or the man but would enjoy making another now for my son.

yoursewinstyle

yoursewinstyle said:

I would love to pattern test this as looking for more men’s clothing patterns for my husband and keen to given feedback on this. I am a proficient sewer and have sewn lined garments before but not a waistcoat. Happy to view from a beginner sewer perspective or as one with more experience. Depending on what you think is suitable. My email is yoursewinstyle@gmail.com
Many thanks Sarah Fletcher

Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch)

Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch) said:

This is exciting! My husband has been saying he would like to add a vest or vests to his wardrobe. One of his friends has a canvas vest that we both think is a cool idea. I fall between what you are looking for in a tester, so here are my husband’s answers to your questions (since I have definitely thought of sewing a vest for him). My husband would also consider trying to sew one. He prefers 3 or 4 pockets, more but rather than fewer buttons, he likes a vest with a wool back (or whatever the fashion fabric is), he would wear one without a jacket, and we both call them vests. Too bad he can’t test—he fits your first category, but just doesn’t have time. I’ll pass this on to others, though. And, totally unrelated, but I was thinking that it would be kind of cool to have an overall option as an add-on to your Jutland pants pattern. Just an idea. :)

Sewing for Cat People

Sewing for Cat People said:

Oh it’s a waistcoat all the way!!

I’d love to pattern test for you, I’ve reasonable experience sewing and I’ve made a lined blazer before but never menswear.

Emily

Emily said:

Oh my gosh. First of all I’ve been looking for a “vest” ? Pattern for my husband. So this is awesome. I like the back to be either the lining or main fabric. Depends on the purpose of the vest. I like the look of one welt pocket on the front.
I have made welt pockets before using different instructions. Some so confusing I could figure it out and others so easy to follow it makes you wonder why people think it’s hard. I think vest look great over jeans but am planning on making some for my husband to wear with chinos to work. He works at a restaurant. I prefer the look of 3-4 buttons.
I primarily see for children but also for my husband and this year made stuff for my dad and brother. My nephew also recently requested a finlayson sweater after seeing the one I made my husband! He isn’t used to getting handmade stuff so that made me feel great.
Im new to blogging so I don’t have many projects on their yet.

bechem

bechem said:

This is a great looking vest! I like the idea of sewing one in a more “casual” fabric – not the glossy satin I’m used to from Band Uniforms many moons ago!! Looks like another great Thread Theory design :) Good luck with the testing stage!

AnneLyth

AnneLyth said:

It’s so cool that you are making a waistcoat pattern. I think I have sewn three or four waistcoats for my husband over the years. The first one when we got married ten years ago. They have all been with a lining fabric as the back. Seeing your inspirational photos I think I would like to make one with cordoroy fabric for a 70s vibe, to be worn without a jacket. I must ask my husband if he wants one. I would love to be a pattern tester by the way. I have a sewing related degree and go into the advanced category. I think that three pockets are enough, but I would at least make the top one a fake pocket, maybe all of them to reduce bulk. 4 or more buttons looks great, and I usually call the garment a waistcoat if I’m speaking English. My native language is Norwegian, and there it’s called a vest.

Hels

Hels said:

I’d love to test this, not sure I fully fall into the categories you want though – I’ve been sewing women’s garments and baby accessories for a couple of years, never anything lined and never menswear, so I’d definitely count myself a beginner in menswear!

With regards to your questions:
1. Never sewn one, but would give it a go
2. The husband says three pockets are his fave
3. He wasn’t sure about buttons, and looking at the pics said maybe five or six
4. I think both. Having the lining option for the back makes for a great smart waistcoat with a suit, but the option for main fabric on the back would be ideal for a more casual waistcoat
5. Yes, definitely (although main fabric at the back not lining)
6. Waistcoats here in England.

Looking forward to seeing the full pattern and trying it whether I’m a tester or not!

Bobines et Babines

Bobines et Babines said:

Such great news!!! Soon the jacket!!! ?

justine

justine said:

It would be fun to try your pattern! I actually had a line of vests I made back in the 90’s. I’m noticing they are back in and would like to make one for my husband. I’ve made a few for characters in plays since my 90’s days.

Ken Horne

Ken Horne said:

I cannot participate in the pattern testing but I can’t wait to try it out later this summer.

Have or would you sew a vest? No
How many pockets do you like? None, 2, 3, 4? One
How many buttons do you like? Four, bottom one unbuttoned
Do you prefer vests with a back panel made from lining fabric or from the main wool fabric? Main
A vest worn without a suit jacket…yay or nay? Yay
What do you call them: Waistcoats or vests? I call it a vest but I was brought up with my grannie pronouncing it a “whis’c’t”.

Claire Johnson

Claire Johnson said:

I would love to be a tester! I have never seen a lines garment and have been wanting to try. I have taken some basic classes (production sewing twice as well as pattern making and draping) but none have used lined garments. I’ve made things from patterns before, and made patterns for mannequins, but never done menswear before!!
My boyfriend also loves waistcoats, so it would be wonderful if I could test one out and see how it goes :)

Claire Johnson

Claire Johnson said:

I would love to be a tester! I have never sewn a lined garment and have been wanting to try. I have taken some basic classes (production sewing twice as well as pattern making and draping) but none have used lined garments. I’ve made things from patterns before, and made patterns for mannequins, but never done menswear before!!
My boyfriend also loves waistcoats, so it would be wonderful if I could test one out and see how it goes :)

artcoopsville

artcoopsville said:

I’d love to sew up a waistcoat. I made one for a friend a few years ago. I’m planning to make my hubby a suit so it would be great to be able to make one for him. I’m relatively experienced with sewing.

mltothill

mltothill said:

I would love to participate, in testing but my schedule is far too busy. I have son who is challenging to fit and am looking for men’s wear patterns for him.

1.Have or would you sew a vest? I have sewn one woman’s vest about 28 years ago

2.How many pockets do you like? None, 2, 3, 4? Two or three pockets, not 4

3.How many buttons do you like? 2 or 3 buttons

4.Do you prefer vests with a back panel made from lining fabric or from the main wool fabric? Lining fabric, especially for my son who is always hot. Perhaps having the option of either would make the pattern more versatile.

5.A vest worn without a suit jacket…yay or nay? Yes!

6.What do you call them: Waistcoats or vests? Vest, I know what a waistcoat is, but the men in my family would not.

Not asked, I like a buckle and belt on the back that can allow for a snugger fit, especially for men like my son who have a broad chest and narrow waist.

Optional bottom edge shapes, straight , pointed etc.

Kristi

Kristi said:

I would love to test your pattern if possible! Although I’ve never sewn a waistcoat before I have sewn a lot of lined and fitted garments, just mostly for women. I think both my SO and his brother would benefit from more great wardrobe staples and I’ve been thrilled to find such great menswear patterns from your shop. :)

carlamayfield

carlamayfield said:

I’d love to give it a try. I have a husband and three sons to sew for, but I’ve been nervous about it because menswear seems hard to me. I have the Collette duffle coat (Albion?) and three of your patterns, but I’ve yet to work up the nerve to try one. I’ve only sewn pajama bottoms for my guys, and based on how much pleasure I get from seeing them worn, I’d be over the moon to see them wear a vest I made! I have done a lot of sewing for myself. I have never lined a garment. I would even dust off my old blog and post for you, if you’d like with pictures of my handsome 53, 26, 23, and 13 year old guys! Even if I’m not a tester, I’d still be interested in this pattern. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Penelope O'Gara

Penelope O'Gara said:

I’m a theatrical costumer by trade, so lots of sewing experience and always on the lookout for reliable basic patterns – especially for menswear. Your Jedediah & Jutland have become my 17-year-old twin sons’ jeans of choice, for which I thank you beyond measure; no more trailing around hideous shopping malls in search of something that fits.
On the waistcoat/vest front (English-born, American-educated – not sure if I’m bilingual or just confused) I favour 5 buttons, a satin back with half-belt, and an option of 2, 3 or 4 pockets. And a facing pattern that includes the lower front edge, it gives such a nice stability to the whole piece.
Would happily test sew for you any time!

Marion

Marion said:

I really like the classic styling that you have developed in you line so far. As far a a vest/ waistcoat goes I like the three pocket option, can always go less. I also like the six buttons. I think I would make a dressy version with a satin back and half belt, however I could see a more casual all over wool. Just feedback here, not able to commit to testing. Good luck with this new addition to the Thread Theory line.

Sarah C

Sarah C said:

I would love to help test! I have made my husband several due to his long torso causing RTW vests not to fit him properly. I love your menswear patterns and my husband loves the garments I have made from them. I have a degree in apparel design and have worked in the garment industry as a technical designer. I would love to help give feedback on your patterns. Thank you for the consideration.

Jennifer

Jennifer said:

My fiancé and I love the sound of this pattern! We’ve been looking for an advanced waistcoat pattern for a few years. Since I don’t fall into either test category, I asked for his opinions on your questions :)
1. I was previously turned off by the minimal (non-tailoring) instructions of a “Big 4” pattern, but I absolutely would sew a vest/waistcoat!
2. He prefers 3 pockets.
3. 5-7 buttons, depending on neckline
4. Back made from lining fabric, possibly with alternate instructions for wool
5. Yay, but he prefers to wear them with a suit
6. I use them interchangeably, but tend to use waistcoat when discussing a suit.

Susan

Susan said:

I am a fairly experienced seamstress and would like to be involved in your process for this pattern. I love your menswear patterns and am very excited about this vest!

Kathy Coulter

Kathy Coulter said:

I would love to test the new pattern!
I’m a former home economics teacher. I’ve sewn pretty much any type of garment from baby clothes to lined coats and drapes. I generally change at least one thing on every pattern I use… I’m a bit of a grammar nerd ?
I think my 20 year old son would look super cute in a vest.
Vest, beard, button up shirt, raw jeans, Blundstone boots – very hipster, that boy…

Number of buttons and buttonholes? – Do I have time to add more before I have to wear it out tonight?
Number of pockets? Depends on the overall look you are going for.
Same fabric on the back as the front? If you are wearing it like a jacket, otherwise seems it would be kind of warm.
Under a jacket? Seems pretty formal for Vancouver Island.
Waist coat sounds quite special versus vest. Vest makes me think of knitting.

acraftteacuppa

acraftteacuppa said:

It’s a waistcoat… well that’s what we call them here in England :D

I would fall into your second category and I would love to pattern test for you. I have two sons and a brother who have been nagging at me to make them clothes more often. I’ve made my bro one waistcoat already and I’ve made child sized versions over the years but just the one adult one so far :D

I really like the look of your design… I like the 3 pockets too but I wouldn’t be the one wearing it so I shall have to ask the men around be what they would prefer and get back to you :D I know my brother would like to own different designs including one with a collar, deeper necklines which would have fewer buttons as well as your current design. He quite likes the back panel to be in a different, usually funky bright designed fabric and a plainer more traditional front fabric.. or vice versa… he just likes waistcoats! And he rarely wears them with a jacket. I have an elderly gentleman that I care for that loves a bright funky waistcoat to wear to family occasions but not so much as a daily wardrobe item like my bro :D

Lainey

bergbrandenamanda

bergbrandenamanda said:

I love vests with four buttons and two pockets. Lining back with suit coat, wool back as a separate outer layer. Of course I’ve never sewn one, just lined bodices and a coat for my daughter. This would be a great entry into menswear.

Fiona Eller

Fiona Eller said:

Oh yes, I’d love to test sew a waistcoat, no I’ve never sewed one before, but my husband loves his newcastle cardigan & his finlayson…..so I’m sure a waistcoat from your hands will be amazing.
I have sewn lined coats for myself, so a waistcoat can’t be any more difficult ……
At least 2 pockets, but 3 would also be cool.
I think my husband would prefer a lining back but i think it would sometimes be good to do it in a nice wool.
My hubby dosent really wear a jacket as such, but I think it can be worn well with a shirt, or underr his newcastle cardigan.
ive been sewing for years
look forward to hear from you
Fiona

Anya

Anya said:

Oh and I sent you email regarding testing. I would love to test!

Rachel

Rachel said:

I would love to test this pattern. I’m a year into sewing and this would be something new for me to learn

Meris - The Fabric Alchemist

Meris - The Fabric Alchemist said:

I would like to be a pattern tester, I have been sewing for 7 years, but I am new to menswear. My husband likes waistcoats/vests and I would see myself making him a few of these as I want to sew for him more. I might fall between your two categories, but I would be able to give feed back on construction order

NoobBoss

NoobBoss said:

Oh man! I can’t wait for this pattern to release! I’m unable to make the timeframe work to safely volunteer for testing though, so here are my answers for you:

Have or would you sew a vest?
No, I haven’t found just the right pattern yet.

How many pockets do you like? None, 2, 3, 4?
3 pockets is ideal for me, 2 or 4 works too.

How many buttons do you like?
4-6 buttons, aesthetically

Do you prefer vests with a back panel made from lining fabric or from the main wool fabric?
Wool!! The majority of ready-to-wear vests only have lining, and need a suit jacket over top, which my man doesn’t wear.

A vest worn without a suit jacket…yay or nay?
Nay! Love a waistcoat without a jacket, shows it off, sleeves rolled up…uh, for…..science. ;)

What do you call them: Waistcoats or vests?
I use them interchangeably. I prefer waistcoat because it’s more specific, since a vest can refer to a knitted pullover or a puffy down vest as well, however, most people I talk to don’t know what a waistcoat is, so I use both.

Thanks for all your efforts I love your patterns! They’re beautifully drafted and the instructions are immaculate, and the design is top notch!

Anya

Anya said:

1. Yes and yes!
2. I think my preference would be 3, and I would give an option to make a faux welt pocket as I wouldn’t put anything in it. But then I wouldn’t be a wearer….
3. 5-6
4. I can see both! Lining would be awesome for a summer suit or something similar. All main wool fabric would be great for a statement vest to wear on its own. I would even try a wool fabric but in a different color way or color
5. Hell yes!
6. Haha both!

Wouter.vdub

Wouter.vdub said:

1) Yes, once
2) In order of diminishing preference: 4, 3, 2, none
3) Depends on the style I would be trying to pull off. Many buttons can be fun, but only two could be good too sometimes.
4) Lining preferred over main fabric. But the vest I made had a back panel from the main fabric (as the pattern called for this)
5) Sure. Vests can stand on their own.
6) Vests. But I’d prefer waistcoats. (Just like I’d prefer ‘haberdashery’ while I still say ‘notions’)

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