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.
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