Handmade Wedding. Day Three; Waistcoats

Wedding Waistcoats

All this week I’m writing about the different things I made for our wedding, hopefully it will inspire someone else to have a ‘handmade wedding’!

WiastcoatDay three, it’s the boys turn! I’d made my wedding dress over the summer holidays, then my daughters bridesmaid dress, my next job was to make all the boys a waistcoat each. I had four to make altogether, two fancy ones for the groom and the bestman, and two simpler ones for the ushers. Ken’s eldest son was his bestman, he did a fantastic job, especially considering he was only 16 years old. Our two remaining sons were ushers.

WaistcoatI was quite surprised on the recent Great British Sewing Bee TV programme that very few of the contestants had made a waistcoat before, they’re not difficult once you understand the construction, then it’s just a matter of accurate sewing to get neat points. I chose a Simplicity pattern that would do all sizes, it was single breasted with false welt pockets.Waistcoat back

After bringing various brocade samples home without success I took them all down to Bombay Stores in Bradford where to my surprise they chose a striking but beautiful red and gold silk for the groom and the bestman, and a rich red silk for the ushers.

I interlined the waistcoats fronts with batting to give them a rich feel and lined the fancy ones with a shot taffeta and the usher’s waistcoats with satin. Gold buttons and a buckle on the back belt completed the waistcoats.

Ushers waistcoats

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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2 Responses to Handmade Wedding. Day Three; Waistcoats

  1. Natalie B says:

    I love these posts, it’s so nice to see how someone has gone through the process of making wedding outfits by hand! With beautiful results too


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