I didn't just do fake front pockets, but real ones! That took most of the time.
I'm really not loving the back. It looks kinda girly to me -- like those collars we used to wear in the early '90s. I'm guessing I just need a better pattern?
I'm not sure what I'll do for buttons, maybe self fabric?
I got my inspiration from these:
Because I didn't love the collar I posted this at The Civilian Civil War Closet on Facebook for some advice. Here's what some of the "experts" said.
- This looks more like 1830s style vests.
- A shawl collar would come further down in the front.
- The back of the collar needs more shape, more tailoring.
- 1860s collars should hug the neck, not fall away from it.
- The Past Patterns vest has very good instructions and turns out well.
- Laughing Moon, Martha McCain (Simplicity 5037), and Galla Rock patterns are also good. (Although, the 5037 looks earlier to me???).
- Pre-1875 vests had 3 pockets: the two lower ones, and one upper one likely at an angle on the left garment side.