In the last post on this, I was in the process of attaching the pockets. I stitched through both the welt and the pocket bag with a stab stitch.
|The front half of the pocket bag sewn to the waistcoat.|
|The back of the pocket, just before turning it to the inside.|
|The pocket after being turned to the inside.|
|The ends of the welt after being sewn down.|
|The second half of the pocket bag, pinned on.|
|The completed pocket, from the inside.|
|The finished pocket from the outside. There is a bit of a gap, but the fur hides it.|
It was too late by that point. I suppose I could have re-cut the bottoms from the sleeves of the coats, but that would waste even more time and wasn't really worth it.
|This picture doesn't show the pockmarks very well.|
I finished putting the lining in, and dunked the waistcoat in a pot of red dye. I tried to keep the front out of the pot, so that the back would soak up most of the dye.
It came out a decent shade of red, though I think there are a few bits of some other fiber in there, since some of the hairs are still white.
|The dyed back against the original colour.|
|The middle buttonhole is half finished.|
The 12 buttons I used were originally from my Grandma's stash. They have brown metal frames and fabric covered centres. There were bits of thread indicating that they had been previously used, so they also count as make do!
I also found this great little wire rake in my box of inherited sewing tools. It really helped move the hairs out of the way.
|It is marked "Fuller".|
this waistcoat is also in two strips, with buttons on one side.)
You may have noticed that my hair is no longer down to my butt. I got 12 inches of it cut off. This was my first haircut in over a decade and I like it much better this way.
The Challenge: #1, Make Do & Mend
Fabric: Red wool from a second hand coat, pink (but not anymore) wool from a blanket, Brown linen.
Pattern: Drafted by me.
Notions: An unidentified fur object, a bit of hair canvas, 12 metal & fabric buttons, thread(cotton, linen and polyester).
How historically accurate is it? Fairly accurate. The wool, linen and fur are pretty accurate (aside from all the little serger seams on the fur). The buttons and some of the threads aren't. I guessed at the construction, but I think it's mostly accurate.
Hours to complete: 52:42
First worn: Friday, January 24th, 2014
Total cost: The hair canvas was the only thing I bought, and it probably works out to a few cents because I used so little.