Waistcoat and  Skirt

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Click here for a larger pictureThis pattern has been designed to be worn as a suit but each item is available separately.

I have used purple industrial 2 ply crepe and Yeoman's 4 ply Aurora in black.


The fronts are knitted in Fair Isle, backed with iron-on nylon to hide the floats. A clever technique of backing and wrapping the raw edges in one process is explained. The back is knitted in a very stable rib stitch. Attaching the rolled edge band trim and assembling the garment are done by sewing machine. You will need 1 metre of nylon which is enough for 2-3 waistcoats. Further more detailed instructions on the rolled edge band and interlock stitch are available separately. For close up photographs of the rolled edge band and Fair Isle patterns Click Here.


Both the thick and thin sections of each pleat are shaped from waist to hip level to reduce bulk over the tummy and at the waist edge of the skirt. To make the pleat lie flatter against the body, the edge of each thick pleat is made more pronounced by using extra strands of yarn. The skirt is steamed in a bag using an In-Ex kit or similar.


Although many different yarns are suitable for this skirt, it is important to use fine yarns, which can be put together in the ratio of 1:3:4 or close to that. For example, I used purple 2 ply crepe, Hobby by Bramwell also works well


Cut and Sew Waistcoat

Cut and Sew Waistcoat

Knitted in purple industrial 2 ply crepe and Yeoman's 4 ply Aurora in black.

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Thick and Thin Skirt

Thick & Thin Skirt

Knitted with one, three and four strands of 2 ply industrial crepe.

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