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Agent Redstone
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« on: November 01, 2016, 05:48:59 pm »

Hello Everyone,

So I have been agonizing over this for a few weeks now and I'm not entirely sure where to start as there are so many options for putting together an outfit. I have a general concept in mind but my issue right now is narrowing down colors and specific pieces that fit the style. With that said, to get a handle on this project I need a good anchor to latch onto so I thought the waistcoat would be a good place to start. To give some better context, the character I am going for is an American federal investigator circa 1865ish. So I know the look will be more on the working class side and I can eliminate the (admitted very cool) more gothic style and upper class looks.

My top 3 choices are these

https://www.etsy.com/listing/209558787/xl-steampunk-waistcoat-vest-sewing?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=waistcoat pattern steampunk&ref=sr_gallery_1

This first one is just a pattern but I liked it so much I am game for giving making this one by hand. Mostly I like the leather look (I'd probably go with something lighter colored). My biggest issue with it though is the collar. I guess I could wear it down but I am not. I thought pairing it with like a burgundy or maroon ascot would be cool, though I don't know if that's too much.

https://www.gentlemansemporium.com/store/002408.php?eesc=cat

I like this one a lot mostly for the color. The style is ok, but I like the more angular style of the pattern above a little better. My question for this one would be what color would pair well with it and does it look a little too "bank tellery?"

https://www.gentlemansemporium.com/store/005628.php?eesc=cat

I like the pattern and I like the color, but I'm afraid it might look a little too "western gambler." What might pair well to tone that down a bit?

Any thoughts you guys might have would be great. Even if its alternate suggestions on where to start.



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steiconi
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 06:15:39 pm »

#1.  if you don't like the stand-up collar in back, leave it off when you make the vest.  I don't know if it's the pattern, the material, or the skill of the person who made the vest, but it's not quite right; see how it pulls around the top button?  The fix would probably be to move that button (and button hole) down a bit.

This pattern (and several others) appear to be available free at http://www.easyfreepatterns.com/page/4081.html

#2.  I love shawl collars. Personally, I don't much care for red and brown together.  I like cool blues and greens to contrast with the warm browns so often used for steampunk.  But blue leather would looks weird.

#3.  I like the jacquard fabric.

http://denverbespoke.com/?tag=double-breasted-vest  has some nice vests.  I have no idea how much they cost, just found them through google.
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Agent Redstone
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 07:00:50 pm »

#1.  if you don't like the stand-up collar in back, leave it off when you make the vest.  I don't know if it's the pattern, the material, or the skill of the person who made the vest, but it's not quite right; see how it pulls around the top button?  The fix would probably be to move that button (and button hole) down a bit.

This pattern (and several others) appear to be available free at http://www.easyfreepatterns.com/page/4081.html

#2.  I love shawl collars. Personally, I don't much care for red and brown together.  I like cool blues and greens to contrast with the warm browns so often used for steampunk.  But blue leather would looks weird.

#3.  I like the jacquard fabric.

http://denverbespoke.com/?tag=double-breasted-vest  has some nice vests.  I have no idea how much they cost, just found them through google.


Awesome! thank you for the links.

I noticed the collar on that pattern being a little askew as well. It was bugging me.
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walking stick
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2016, 07:43:10 pm »

Either of the first two are good.  There is no such thing as too over the top for steampunk or, for that matter, too subtle.   What works for you is what's important.  I don't think the second one is particularly Bank Teller in effect.  Autumn shades of red, brown, orange or burgundy can go together very well or, if you want bright and loud, look up Nerfpunk.

The third waistcoat isn't well shaped.  It would make most people look a bit like a sofa cushion.  You should certainly look at jacquards and brocades, good texture can add nicely to the detail of an outfit.
 
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