Friday 25 April 2014

Anniversary waistcoat -
fabric AND buttons!

Since posting my latest Fabric Friday earlier today concerning the fabric used to make Matt’s waistcoat for The Day Of The Doctor, I’ve had a number of enquires about where I got it and how to get some.

In my time researching and making costumes I’ve learnt sometimes you search for ages and get nowhere, or sometimes you get lucky and things just fall into place.

This fell into the latter.

I had been looking through the fabrics at W Bills, and after a hint of a clue from a friend I came across the material used to make Matt Smith’s waistcoat, as worn in The Day Of The Doctor.

I'm not just saying a next-best good alternative - I’m talking THE fabric used.

As usual it seems, not the cheapest of fabrics to buy, but it’s definitely the right stuff.

The costume would have been made early in 2013, and luckily there was still some of the material left, so I bought up the last of the end of the roll to make sure it goes to the right people.

Woven in pure wool, it has a very subtle Prince Of Wales style check in a midnight blue and deep magenta.

Now I’ve got the fabric, I need to start developing a pattern to make myself a replica of the waistcoat.

It needs to be a classic waistcoat, with a high buttoned laid-in notched collar; and four welted pockets.

I’ve got a number of vintage books where I will source a pattern.

I’m quite busy at the moment, so I’ll have to find some time to do a bit of pattern drafting.
Not had a chance to do that for a while.

But as if finding THE right fabric wasn’t enough - I have also found THE buttons!!

They are small, black, with a distinctive dotted white line encircling the four holes in the middle. They are a real coup to track down


  1. Nice! You've got a real knack for finding these things. I'll be interested to watch your progress on the waistcoat.

  2. Are you planning on making them publicly purchasable?

    1. Once I've created my pattern, I can take commissions. Email me direct at for details and to register your interest.

  3. This Is VERY COOL!!!! Would like to have a Anniversary waistsoat myself. :)


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