They say the vest is made out of some sort of leather, but I chose some blueish-teal 16 WPI corduroy partly because I love corduroy, and partly because it was on sale. For the lining I chose some navy quilted poplin to give it a bit of structure and insulation in case I ever need it for a chilly Halloween party or something. Perhaps not the best choice for an indoor dance party, it got pretty warm wearing a long shirt & trousers as well.
- an old T-shirt for the pattern
- ~1½ yards of corduroy
- ~1½ yards of quilted poplin
- a bit of iron-on interfacing
- suitable thread
- #8 wire. A bit of a kiwi specialty, a wire coat hanger will do fine as well
- bronze bluejean rivets
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Step 1: Pattern making
Remove the pins, and cut off the sides & sleeves. Then separate the front pattern from the back by cutting along the seams at the tops of the shoulders. Now you can cut the front in half along the center. Lay the front halves on top of one another, wrong sides together, and cut the top from the bottom along the V line. Put an arrow across each upper front pattern piece indicating the grain direction of the fabric, as indicated in the photos from the link.
For the back pattern, you'll need to cut the yoke which goes from sleeve seam to sleeve seam with a little dip in the middle. Freehand the line in chalk, decide which half looks better, fold it in half, and cut along the line so both halves are the same.