Waistcoat upcycled from a jacket

I thought it was time I showed you the photos of the waistcoat I made for Hayley Powell, the Lady Artist Blacksmith, of Forever Forged based at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station in Burton upon Trent.

hayley black jacket before

It all started with this nice double-breasted wool M&S jacket I found in the charity shop for £5

Here Hayley is modelling – ‘before’ photo.

We agreed that it would lend itself to a Steam Punk style tailed waistcoat.

British Rail Buttons

Hayley found these lovely British Railways Buttons to use on the waistcoat.

I got busy, unpicking the sleeves to use as the tails and chopping the body of the jacket off at the waist.  I added a waistband and extra button holes.  I pinned the tails on and adjusted so they would sit well.  We decided on some lacing up the back of the waistcoat, so I mocked this up and tacked it on using scraps to see if it would work.

lacing practice

with some minor adjustment, I went ahead and added the lace up detail and the buttons:

and here is the finished waistcoat modelled by Hayley…..

more upcycled waistcoat posts in the weeks to come.  Do you like the tailed version?

Do pop over and see more of Hayley in other waistcoats made by me, and her Beautiful Blacksmithing

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