The elusive double-breasted reversible vest

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by dakotanorth, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. dakotanorth

    dakotanorth Practically Family

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    Hello all,
    It's been a while for certain!
    I've been conducting research about the reversible vests you would see as part of a "Collegiate" suit from the late 1930's.
    Here's two pictures for reference.
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    I discussed this with Marc because he's actually seen and reviewed one in real life.
    I managed to work with his information, take an existing traditional pattern, and modify the shapes/lines for the pointed double-breasted side.
    I've also added a lapel which I created by tracing the outline of my late 30's suit lapels.
    HOWEVER, I ran into a problem- basically the lapel can't fit onto the other side, because it has a bent edge out by the buttons. Hard to explain, I know.)
    Does anyone HAVE one of these vests? Pictures of one? A pattern you made? Saw one and remember it??
     

  2. Remember, Dakota, that the vest I saw --though reversible-- had lapels on only one side. The other side was all-black, double-breasted, with no lapels.
     
  3. Bartenders ... this thread would be better seen in the 'Suits' or 'General Attire & Accouterments' section. Perhaps it should be moved?
     
  4. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    You would be much better served if you pose your queries at this forum. My personal thought is that in order for a vest to function in that manner it would require that the lapels/collar not be pad stitched, thus producing an inferior collar/lapel.

    Also, you might visit a bespoke tailor in your area to run the idea past them. Good luck!
     
  5. dakotanorth

    dakotanorth Practically Family

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    Excellent advice AC Lyles- I should check out that website for sure.
    In the mean time, I made a paper mock-up of this vest. I think I have a working concept but I should check it over again.
     

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