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Journeymans Vest - Finished by Marcusstratus Journeymans Vest - Finished by Marcusstratus
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 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Nice I'like Your ideas
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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Steambigbear Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Cool.
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DukeWeerd Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love the style.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers!
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Milloune Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  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 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  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 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  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 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  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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Milloune Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! I will look for that pattern.

Cheers!

Amélie
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EmeyTroi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:thumbsup: Cool works.
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ObsidianGrey Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome
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Sohym Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god it looks amazing... :heart:
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks!!
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Dieman Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, Cheers! :ahoy:
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Kitahito Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
How much would it cost to commission this from you?
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Grishnir Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Wow, I'm diggin that.

Do you have any tutorials to make this sort of thing?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  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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TheGreatWukong Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
very hot! Im inspired to make a leather version. THANX
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! That'd be great :D
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YamiAmayana Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  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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YamiAmayana Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Oooooh, sounds good! Can't wait! :D
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ScribbleFox Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice look to the piece. You did a great job! :D
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :ahoy:
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OVee91 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's clean. It reminds me of the Assassin's Creed outfit though but I still like it, nonetheless.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh yeah, he did have some snug vests. good game :D
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passbyguy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That vest is really bad ass
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye :D Thank you! :ahoy:
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DizzyElephant Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Photographer
Wow I am quite impressed at your attention to detail!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye :D Thank you ^.^ I do intend to make more versions of this vest, I enjoy the lapels greatly
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belrosfletcher Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It looks very good and I'm sure it will last you a lifetime - you seem to put the kind of work into your projects that will make sure they do so.

Kudos, well done. This and your earlier "winter fashion" canvas garment projects are what inspired me into working on my current tabard-like vest. I'm hoping it will be near as good as this. At least it will be my own, and my own style.

Thank you!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed it will last :D And good luck on your vest project, I love making my own stuff because then it develops my own style and is truely unique
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Lingra Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!


I really love the look of it, and the way the back piece curves. :D
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed :D I did my best to get an attractive shape out of it. Now I've put lacing in the back so that it fits even tighter
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Lingra Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Well, whatever you did, it looks amazing!
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Arichan16 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This reminds me a lot of the gambesons some of the local sword fighters I know wear. Only fancier.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it did end up having a fencing jacket look to it :D Now I've just gotto get new pictures of it up since I updated it....
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ninja-seamstress Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think this looks awesome! But there seems to be a fit issue with the lower back. It looks like there is just a little too much fabric on the "princess" seams right where the base of your back curves in. Did you fit this by your self? Because you did an excellent job at it.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, Thom B. from Lastwear was mentioning the same. we figured a whole inch could be removed from each seam to make it really fit well. But yes, I did fit it myself. Thanks! :D
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Joeli Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Your designs and quality of construction are amazing! I love your style! n_n
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you! quite a compliment :)
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are so awsome and handsome! :D :glomp: :smooch:
I just had to say that once more ^.^
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:aww: :D And you're so beautiful and dear :smooch:
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
aww :cuddle:
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GuiseMaker Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Snazzy! The bottom front edge is perfectly smooth and even! Good job! :D
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks!
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