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Iron Work on a waistcoat?

waistcoat ironwork shaping

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#1 kerokero135



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 10:28 PM

Hi everyone, 

Ive been searching everywhere if there is a considerable amount of iron work that needs to be done of the waistcoat panels before they are stitched. I can see there is obviously a great need for it in coats and trousers but I cant find much on this topic. 


Does anyone have any sugestions? 


Thank you in advance!

#2 Henry Hall

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 03:44 AM

Have a look here. Also there is some discussion of ironwork in Whife's Art of Garment Making, which is published here on the forum.


There's not much ironwork on a waistcoat, just parts of the shoulder really.

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#3 lepus



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 05:06 AM

As Henry Hall said, shaping is limited on a waistcoat. The traditional way is

  • Shape the back neck piece (cut on the bias).
  • Shape the front shoulder so that it sits better (without changing the seam lengths).
  • Shrink the front armhole, respectively move some of it's length to the chest.

Since there has been no reaction since posting, it seems unnecessary to elaborate on these points.

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