1st Edition

The Waistcoat Workbook Historical, Modern and Genre Drafting of Waistcoats for Men and Women 1837 – Present Day

By J. François-Campbell Copyright 2024
    182 Pages 209 Color Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    182 Pages 209 Color Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    182 Pages 209 Color Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    The Waistcoat Workbook: Historical, Modern, and Genre Drafting of Waistcoats for Men and Women 1837–Present Day provides comprehensive coverage of the design, construction, and role of waistcoats from the reign of Queen Victoria to the present day in the United Kingdom.

    The book contains step-by-step instructions on how to draft the garments onto pattern paper from start to finish with drafting tools, including diagrams and detailed instructions on what measurements are required and how to record the information. The book also features:

    • A brief history of waistcoats in European, and particularly British history, highlighting key points in the evolution of the garment
    • A discussion of fabrics that would be suitable to use for the garments and what kind of interlinings and linings are best suited, depending on the main fabric chosen for the front of the garment
    • Information on how to deal with one and two-way fabrics and challenging materials, as well as fabric analysis and pressing techniques
    • Step-by-step instructions to construct genre waistcoats, including cosplay and Steampunk clothing
    • Industry terminology and suppliers and stockists

    The Waistcoat Workbook is an excellent resource for professional film and theatre costume makers and tailors, students of costume and fashion design, and makers in cosplay, Steampunk, and re-enactment fields.

    1. Preparation  2. The Role of the Waistcoat in History: 43AD – 1914  3. Fashion and Functional Waistcoats: 1914 – Present Day  4. Alternative Waistcoats and Garments


    J. François-Campbell currently works as a senior tailor and pattern cutter in theatrical and operatic establishments. Born into a family of tailors and seamstresses, she began her sewing journey at the age of seven. After studying at the London College of Fashion, Bournemouth Arts Institute (AUB), and Central St Martens School of Art, she was apprenticed as a costume maker and tailor to a number of companies, where she went on to create garments for major West End productions, television, haute couture fashion, film, opera, and dance throughout her career. In the past decade, she has attended numerous events as a public speaker and worked as a visiting tailoring lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Morley College in London, Bournemouth Arts Institute, and as an examination assessor at the London College of Fashion.