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    Question about bias cut tartan waistcoats.

    Hello there,

    I'm a novice at sewing but have a keen interest in making my own kilt and matching tartan waistcoat
    (one of the reasons being that most kilts tend to be too long off the peg).

    I was wondering how much yardage is typically needed for a bias cut tartan waistcoat?

    How much yardage would be needed for a 44in chest?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your time.

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    One of the best ways is to go to your local fabric store and find a vest pattern in your size. If you look on the package it will tell you how much fabric you will need. It will usually specify the amount if on the grain and if an the bias.
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    Question about bias cut tartan waistcoats.

    Dear Steve,

    Thank you for the wonderful advice.
    I'll be sure to do that next time I hit up the local fabric store.

    I'm very optimistic about this future project.
    But will be sure to practice before tackling the job.

    I greatly appreciate your help.

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    Good point on the darts with tartan Todd. The lower photo, with the dart in the tartan, is well placed and enhancing the entire look. Fine job.

    Concave cuts in the side stitching may be a way to go in tapering a vest with a bias pattern and one center dart in the back where two panels meet. I imagine clothes more often than I sew fabric and can see the need to practice with other cloth before I committed to the final vest.

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    REALLY NICE and terrific advice!!
    Kiltmaker, piper, and geologist (one of the few, the proud, with brains for rocks....
    Member, Scottish Tartans Authority
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    Here's a direction to explore. This pattern selection from Butterick offers lapels and pocket coverings.
    Good luck on the project. Here's the link that will give you yardage.
    https://butterick.mccall.com/b6339
    Last edited by Tarheel; 8th January 18 at 05:24 AM.

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    You'll also need to decide whether you want a plain satin back or a tartan back. You'll need less tartan if you want a satin back (which is common).
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    Just old cranky Steve being pendantic again -

    When I was young, I was taught that it was evident that vests with satin backs, and the little adjusment belts, were not intended as outerwear. That if you were wearing a satin backed vest and removed your jacket - you also removed the vest.

    I guess old habits die hard. I once gave a talk in a room that was quite warm. The audience was primarily older ladies. After the talk one of them came up to me and commented that it was nice to hear a man ask a ladies permission before removing his jacket and vest in mixed company. I had not noticed that I had done so.
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    It might also be possible to think outside the box a bit. This is one my wife made me using Harris Tweed on the front and a medium weight cotton/poly suede cloth for the back and lapels. It has more fabric heft and less of that "underwear" look on the back than my satin-backed vests and was carefully fitted and tapered so that there is no need for the little belt on the back. Traditional? Maybe not, but to my eye it looks finished enough on the back to stand alone. This style also takes a minimal amount of wool or tartan.

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    Great

    Very nice it is as well.....you are lucky to be wedded to such a talented lady

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