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Journeymans Vest - Finished
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Published: April 16, 2009
This is my final project for my advanced apparel construction class I had during my winter term of 09 (last term). The assignment was to incorporate 3 techniques we learned in class into our project and do a good job at making it. I have done 1, an edge to edge lining (I think that's correct, didn't get to know the different linings too well) where it's covering the entire surface of the inside, bound buttonholes, and piping.

It's made of 24 oz cotton canvas on the outer, cotton twill (pant weight) for the liner and metal buttons. The buttons themselves are gorgeous (and where I got the colour theme from).

At first I designed it to be worn just like the picture on the far right, but that's pretty uncomfortable unless you're standing guard or something. So I came up with the idea to have it fold over on the front, but since the fabric was so stiff, it wouldn't lie flat. So I had the buttons hold the flaps down and now it's pretty comfortable to wear.

If I were to make it again, I definitely would use a thinner fabric that gives way to my movements better and play around with the stylistic design of the front and back drop.

I think this is the first garment I've made that I expect will last my whole life.
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Norskhydro's avatar
Nice I'like Your ideas
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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DukeWeerd|Professional Digital Artist
Love the style.
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers!
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Milloune|Professional General Artist
Wow!
Do you sell the patterns of these? I really like the combination of clothing here they are great! It is much more unisex then the denim suit.

I'm in the process of assembling a LARP costume and this kit would be perfect! The scenario is dieselpunk, and we are a zeppelin crew. I would be a pharmacologist... I don't have a large budget, but I can sew a bit...

Let me know if you can help me!

Thanks!! and great job seriously!
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry, I don't. Actually, this vest is the precursor to the one in my denim suit deviation. It's a very tricky garment, and only fits me so well because I've made so many improvements to it. Right now it's beyond my skill to effectively make it in other sizes. I would be suprised if you couldn't find a vest in a commercial pattern and then modify it to be similar.
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Milloune|Professional General Artist
okay thanks!
Do you have any clues about the pants and shirt?
I really like those too!
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh right, the pants are military surplus wool, got these at a thrift store, but I've seen 'em at surplus stores. The shirt is the same as many in my deviations. It's my version of the generic baggy shirt... you can find several comercial patterns for those as well
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EmeyTroi|Student Digital Artist
Wow. This is rather beautiful. The cut is wonderful and I love the way it shapes the body. Even though you aren't fond of the fabric you used- which I can understand- I absolutely love the way the stiffness causes the back collar to stand upright. It really defines the neck, I think. I wonder what a version for a female would look like. *nods to self*

Your work is great. ouo
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh don't get me wrong, this heavy duty canvas is brilliant, just not as a garment like this :D Did you see the later versions of this vest, such as [link]
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Venneta|Student Digital Artist
:thumbsup: Cool works.
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ObsidianGrey|Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome
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Sohym|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god it looks amazing... :heart:
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks!!
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Dieman|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing. After scanning through your gallery, I'd say that you have incredible skill. Hats off to you, sir!
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, Cheers! :ahoy:
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Kitahito's avatar
How much would it cost to commission this from you?
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Grishnir's avatar
Wow, I'm diggin that.

Do you have any tutorials to make this sort of thing?
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
nope, it's quite a process and mostly in the pattern making steps. there are some good books you may look into however, look for [link] to learn pattern making and then theres a variety of garment construction books like [link] or [link]
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very hot! Im inspired to make a leather version. THANX
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! That'd be great :D
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YamiAmayana's avatar
Oh wow, this is brilliant! The top looks great no matter how you wear it.

Only problem is, now I want to make something similar. :D
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Marcusstratus|Professional Artisan Crafter
haha Just wait 'till you see the updated vest :D Oh how I've gotto get some nice pictures taken
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