1960s | 1970s | Made from Curtains | Vintage Sewing

The Military Maxi Waistcoat

June 19, 2013

My brother was going to throw these military curtains away. They’d be hanging in his bedroom in our parental home since he was born in 1968.

I knew they’d be the perfect bold print I needed for the 1970’s Butterick 5597 waistcoat pattern.

Lined with emerald green Indian sari silk and some vintage frog fastenings donated by a friend I can’t wait to wear this at Glastonbury.


  1. Very, very cool! You’ll be the fashion hit at Glastonbury! It looks just like the clothing the young 1960’s rock stars used to wear. Years ago, I worked for Hard Rock Cafe retail, and I saw so many outfits from Hendrix, Joplin, etc. both at the Cafe and the memorabilia warehouse that looked just like it. Well done!

    1. Thanks, Anne! I had Jimi Hendrix and his military jacket in mind when I made it. I sat under his framed silk shirt in The Hard Rock in Bangalore and nearly died of joy. x

  2. What an inspired choice! I love large, bold designs and these former curtains work perfectly with this late ’60s pattern. Yum, yum, yum.

  3. That’s a very unique combination of fabric and pattern. I love the green-black-pink-orange skirt underneath, too. The whole look is stunning. I turned 11 years old in ’68, and I remember outfits like this – – they inspired me to learn to sew my own.

    1. Thanks, Francie. The skirt’s a 1960s one. What a great time to grow up. I was born in ’66 so missed most of the Sixties but remember my Mum’s outfits vividly. x

  4. Such a great fabric! I probably never would have thought to make a garment out of it, but it looks like this is exactly what it was always meant to be. Love that you used frogs for the closure, too–they tie in perfectly with the retro military print.

  5. You’re awesome! I just ordered that pattern and I hope I will find suitable curtains. The outfit you are wearing is a dream! And I agree with you regarding dressing, a day wasted unless you look awesome!

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