I do not have any photos of the customer wearing the garments this time, but I was able to get quite a few decent shots on a dress form at the Costume Design Center - my former employers were kind enough to let me borrow it for an afternoon. I do not own a male dress form yet, but it's becoming increasingly clear that I need one!
The dress form seems to be larger than my customer at the midsection, which is why the lowest button on the waistcoat is straining slightly. I also forgot to pull the sleeves of the shirt through the armholes, so that's adding extra bulk around the waist.
The velvet collar really adds something, too. I was thrilled to be able to match the color of the wool so perfectly:
It's the little things, like pattern-matching on the welt pockets, that make me happy:
Hand-made buttons and buttonholes:
I matched the stripes of the buttons with the stripes of the ground fabric, as well:
If you'd like to see some in-progress shots, check out my Instagram. #bottlegreentailcoat and #stripedsatinwaistcoat