Sewing The Trend: Waistcoats
The Miller Waistcoat By Merchant & Mills
Waistcoats Are Back!
For anyone who remembers them the first time round, rest assured you are never too old to wear a style the second time round! Afterall, the older you get the faster those trends are going to return. No point in putting up a fight, go with the flow. The Miller Waistcoat by Merchant and Mills is a lovely pattern for all ages. A loose boxy fit, optional lining, 6 buttons down the front. and two straps at the back for buckling, buttoning or tying.
I changed only one thing . . .
This pattern is perfect as is. The size is spot on, the fit and cut are subtly boxy but not too over-sized. The option to fully line or self line depends upon your fabric and the season. Therefore the only thing I changed was the number of buttons. Having used a baby cord weight corduroy with a slight stretch and fully lined the whole thing, I felt this Miller waistcoat could not take too many buttons. so I reduced the number by one and used 6 vintage buttons from my large button collection. It was the right choice, however, I plan on making a cream linen version for summer and that one will have tiny mother of pearl buttons down the front, I will use the full compliment of six plus two for the back strap.
The Miller Waistcoat is For Intermediate sewists
In my opinion this delightful little pattern is not suitable for beginners unless you decide to leave out a few features. The welt pockets are the first thing to be constructed and lets face it it you mess those up, you mess up the waistcoat too!
My top tip would be to make a toile, wearable of not or leave out the pockets if you are not sure. Do not be deceived this sewing project may be small be she is mighty, to quote Shakespeare (ish) Other than that enjoy your sew!
Scroll On For Fabric ideas – Corduroy Prints
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I had a look online and found some super fun corduroy printed fabric. They would make fabulous waistcoats, I chose a plain one to wear with all my shirts but if you have a white or plain blue shirt, these fabrics would look superb made up as a miller!
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