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16th c. Embroidered Silk Waistcoat

This piece was created as a proof-of-concept piece to test out the pattern for the redwork silk waistcoat. Done in machine-embroidered silk dupioni, lined in linen, with the seams embroidered by hand.

The major difference between the redwork waistcoat and this one is that this one lacks interlining - once it came together, I realized that the silk would need far more structure in order to sit smoothly on top of the foundation garments. Compared to the redwork waistcoat, this one has more wrinkles through the body and the sleeve caps lack structure. Which is why we do proof of concept and test pieces - it really helps to see how these fabrics work on a structural level.

Ymir, 2014 – photo by C. Brian Towey

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