Vests & Shrugs

If you want any of the items below, please email me, or use the contact form on this website, and don’t forget to send me your mailing address if I don’t already have it (so we can calculate tax and shipping for your area).

All sale items are Final Sale, and are sold As-Is – no returns or exchanges or trade-ins of any kind, no exceptions! 

Taxes and shipping & handling will be added to all prices.

Amelia Vestlets

(Sorted into Neutral and Non-Neutral Colour Categories)

PRICE: $30 (ordinarily $85), plus tax and shipping

Amelia vestlets are fitted mini-waistcoats with a single front buckle closure, shoulder caps, and panel seams that follow the contour of your shoulders and upper back.  They turn boring plain tops or dresses into an instant outfit!

Because these are individually hand-made by me, the details on each one will differ from item to item, even when they’re mainly made from the same fabrics.  Shoulder caps, colour blocking patterns, and back panels all vary, but were chosen to coordinate to the best of my ability.

Fitting

The buckles and straps allow for 1-2 inches of size adjustment.  The Amelia Vestlet should be worn pretty snugly, and was made with some stretch for comfort. 

Sizing

The measurement given if for the garment itself, *not* of your body (there’s a photo that shows where I did the measuring).  It’s approximate and can vary an inch or two between each item.

*Do NOT choose your “normal” size!*  Because the chest area is mostly open, use your rib cage measurement (at bra band level, if you wear bras, or just under your chest, if you don’t).  Pick one that’s an inch or two larger than your body for a loose fit or for layering things under it, or up to an inch smaller than you are if you like it tight.

If you’re between sizes and need help deciding, email me with your rib cage and full chest measurement AND the fabric/s of your choice (so I can measure the actual item in question, and maybe even adjust it a bit).

Neutral Colours

Here are all the Amelia vestlets in browns, blacks, golds, silvers, and greys!

  • 3XS (26-27 inches): black and gold brocade, brown faux suede, black with silver dragonfly, black with gold lace overlay (has velvet back, pictured), black with black baroque print accents, pictured), black brocade, dragon silk brocade, black with silver stripes, fine black pinstripe, black and grey floral brocade
  • XXS (28-29 inches): Fine black pinstripe, brown faux suede, black and gold brocade, brown medley (pictured, one of a kind), black with tapestry accents (pictured), black with old lace overlay, dragon silk brocade
  • XS (31-33 inches): Dragon silk brocade, black with gold lace overlay, brown striped suiting, black with silver stripes, black and silver one-of-a-kind brocade blend (SOLD), black faux suede(SOLD), dragon silk brocade (variation, pictured), black and gold brocade (SOLD), black jacquard, brown faux suede
  • Small (35-36 inches): Dragon silk brocade, brown faux suede, black and gold brocade, black with gold lace overlay, black faux suede (SOLD), black with silver dragonfly, black brocade, black-on-black baroque print, black and grey floral brocade
  • Medium (38-39 inches): Fine black pinstripe (SOLD), black tapestry, brown faux suede (one darker and one lighter), dragon silk brocade, dragon silk brocade variation (pictured), black and gold brocade, black with gold lace overlay
  • Large (41-42 inches): Black with silver dragonfly, black jacquard, black brocade (SOLD), black with silver stripes, brown faux suede (SOLD), fine black pinstripe, black with silver abstract brocade, black with gold lace overlay (SOLD), black with grey floral brocade
  • XL (44-48 inches; these are more variable, so please inquire): black with silver dragonfly, black-on-black baroque print, fine black pinstripe, black with gold lace overlay, brown striped suiting
  • XXL (50-54 inches; these are more variable, so please inquire): brown striped suiting, fine black pinstripe, black-on-black baroque print, black with gold lace overlay, black with silver abstract brocade

Non-Neutral Colours:

(all colours except black, grey, gold, siver, brown)

  • 3XS (26-27 inches): Red with black and silver lace overlay, green cotton velveteen, teal wool with black lace overlay, red wool with black lave overlay, red rose brocade (only one)
  • XXS (28-29 inches): Red with black and silver lace overlay, burgundy and gold brocade, teal wool with black lace overlay, green faux suede
  • XS (31-33 inches): Teal wool with black lace overlay, red with black and silver lace overlay, burgundy and gold brocade, green faux suede
  • Small (35-36 inches): Red with black and silver lace overlay, green faux suede (SOLD), teal wool with black lace overlay
  • Medium (38-39 inches): Teal wool with black lace overlay, red wool with black lace overlay, burgundy and gold brocade, green faux suede, burgundy and gold brocade variation (one-of-a-kind for extra full busts, pictured; this one is about 40 inches)
  • Large (41-42 inches): Green cotton velveteen, red with black and silver lace overlay, burgundy and gold brocade, teal wool with black lace overlay, black and red jacquard (for extra full busts, pictured), burgundy sparkle taffeta
  • XL (44-48 inches; these are more variable, so please inquire): Green faux suede, red with black and silver lace overlay, teal wool with black lace overlay (SOLD), green faux suede (SOLD)
  • XXL (50-54 inches; these are more variable, so please inquire): Red wool with black lace overlay, green faux suede (SOLD)

Assassin Vests

PRICE: $75 (regular price $135-155). 

These vests with generous deep hoods and buckle closure are a simple way to introduce some excitement into your everyday wardrobe.  Throw one over a plain T-shirt or pirate shirt and you have an outfit!

The sizing is EXTREMELY inclusive — up to 70-inch hip and 66-inch waist!

Vertical seams in the front and a back yoke build in subtle shaping, which ensures that everything follows your body, hangs gracefully, and NEVER binds at the shoulders or back.  There’s some give in all the side panel fabrics, so Assassin vests are always super-comfy. 

Fitting 

Assassin vests (at least off-the-rack, like these are) are a non-binary design, made with a straight/traditional men’s cut.  

If you have significant chest curvature, you’ll need to either sew a dart into the armhole or bind flat to get a precise fit — or just embrace the unconstructed look.  The interior construction makes this design very easy to take in for fine-tuning the fit, say, if you wanted to make the waist more fitted.

Colours

The black ones are made from very fine-wale corduroy (almost a very dark charcoal grey) with contrast plain black material.  These are individually hand-made, so details like exact contrast pale fabrics and the colour blocking schemes may differ between items (but you probably wouldn’t notice unless they were side by side).

Sizes

I have one per fabric per size for most.  The measurements given are for the actual coat itself, *not* your body, taken with the buckles done up to the middle notch of 3.  You can adjust sizes by a couple of inches with the buckle straps. 

I intended these to be semi-fitted to very loose-fitting, meaning that depending on your personal preference, you should choose one that’s 3-15 inches larger than your body measurements.

  • XS (chest 38in, waist 36in, hip 38in): dark brown, dark marine blue, pale grey(faux suede), medium grey, black, aubergine
  • Small (chest 42in, waist 38in, hip 40in): umber, dark marine blue, pale grey (corduroy), medium grey, black, aubergine
  • Medium (chest 46in, waist42in, hip 44in): umber, umber (with one-of-a-kind hem band), dark marine blue, pale grey, pale grey (corduroy), pale grey (faux suede), black, aubergine
  • Large (chest 50in, waist 48in, hip 50in): dark brown (SOLD), dark marine blue, pale grey (faux suede, SOLD), medium grey, black, red-burgundy (SOLD)
  • XL (chest 54in, waist 54in, hip 56in): dark brown (SOLD), dark marine blue, pale grey, medium grey, black, red-burgundy
  • XXL (chest 58in, waist 60in, hip 62in): umber(SOLD), dark marine blue, pale grey (corduroy), medium grey, black, aubergine
  • 3XL (chest 64in, waist 66in, hip 70in): umber, pale grey (SOLD), medium grey, black, red-burgundy, teal (one of a kind, pictured)

Bennett Vests

PRICE: $45 (normally $135-145)

The Bennett is a head-turning vest with clean lines, a standing collar, and a centre back seam to follow the curve of the spine.  Pair with button-front or T-shirts, or wear by itself if you’re more daring.

I have them in two colours: blue cotton-backed velveteen (with black-and-silver brocade collar; exact collar fabric may vary) and golden-brown brocade with a branch pattern (with brown faux suede or faux leather collar).  Some have snaps and some have buttons, but all are of roughly the same dimensions.

Fitting 

Bennett vests (at least off-the-rack, like these are) are a non-binary design, made with a straight/traditional men’s cut.  If you have significant chest curvature, you’ll need to either sew a dart into the armhole or bind flat, or else the armhole will definitely gape a bit. 

The blue vests are unlined as the fabric is quite heavy and a lining would have made them too warm, and therefore easier to alter (add darts or take in as needed) than the golden-brown ones, which are lined.

Sizes

I have one per fabric per size.  The measurements given are for the actual vest itself, *not* your body.  Bennett vests are meant to be semi-fitted, meaning that depending on your personal preference, you should choose one that’s 2-6 inches larger than your body.  Hip measurement is taken 6-7 inches below the waist.

  • XS (chest 34in, waist 32in, hip 32in): Blue cotton-backed velveteen, blue cotton-backed velveteen (with collar variation, pictured), golden-brown brocade
  • Small (chest 38in, waist 36in, hip 37in): Blue cotton-backed velveteen, golden-brown brocade
  • Medium (chest 42in, waist 38in, hip 39in): Blue cotton-backed velveteen, golden-brown brocade (SOLD)
  • Large (chest 46in, waist 44in, hip 46in): Blue cotton-backed velveteen, golden-brown brocade
  • XL (chest 50in, waist 50in, hip 52in): Blue cotton-backed velveteen (collar variation, pictured), golden-brown brocade
  • XXL (chest 56in, waist 56in, hip 58in): Blue cotton-backed velveteen (SOLD), golden-brown brocade (SOLD)
  • 3XL (chest 62in, waist 64in, hip 66in): Blue cotton-backed velveteen (SOLD), golden-brown brocade (SOLD)

Edmund Vests

PRICE: $55 (regular price $135-155). 

Edmund vests have lapels and watch pockets, and a centre back seam to follow the curve of your spine for a more flattering side profile.  Pair them with any style shirt to add polish and make a statement, or wear with blazers for a pop of colour.

All vests are fully lined.  You may want to check the button stitching and reinforce if needed — some of these were made during my one and only experiment with outsourcing labour (just to sew on the buttons), and let’s just say that the local tailor I employed did not do the job to my usual standards.  I’d do it myself but I simply haven’t the time while the sale it on!

Variations 

These are all individually hand-made, so details (like exact lapel fabric, buttons, and lining) will vary from item to item.  The measurements given for each size will vary an inch or two as well, depending on the “give” of the material used.

Fitting 

Edmund vests (at least off-the-rack, like these are) are a non-binary design, made with a straight/traditional men’s cut.  If you have significant chest or hip curvature, you’ll need to either sew a dart into the armhole and/or bind straight, or else go for a very loose, unconstructed look. Too-big ones are pretty easy to take in to fit if you don’t mind a visible tuck on the inside.

Sizes

I have one per fabric per size.  Edmund vests are meant to be semi-fitted, meaning that depending on your personal preference, you should choose one that’s 2-6 inches larger than your body.  PLEASE make sure that you are not larger than the given measurements at chest, waist, or hips!  Hip measurement is taken 6-7 inches below the waist.

NOTE: Brocade vests may have black contrast backs (noted in the photos).  Lapel and pocket fabrics match each other.  If lapel/pocket fabric isn’t specified, it’s the plain black version.

  • XS (chest 34in, waist 32in, hip 32in): blue faux suede, burgundy brocade, dragon silk brocade, brown wool tweed (with brown faux suede accents), brown wool tweed (with brown faux leather accents), black and silver paisley brocade (one of a kind), green faux suede, green cotton velveteen (looks identical to green suede in photos, but is a bit heavier with more body), black and silver abstract brocade, black velvet with gold foil print, black with gold brocade accents
  • Small (chest 36in, waist 34in, hip 34in): Brown wool tweed (with brown faux suede accents), black and silver abstract brocade (SOLD), black with gold brocade accents, aubergine baroque jacquard, green faux suede (black flocking accents), blue faux suede (black flocking accents)
  • Medium (chest 40in, waist 38in, hip 38in): Black and silver abstract brocade(SOLD), brown wool tweed (faux leather accents), black with gold brocade accents and one-of-a-kind back yoke (SOLD), aubergine baroque jacquard, green faux suede (black jacquard accents), green faux suede (plain black accents), dark marine blue faux suede (black jacquard accents), red-burgundy jacquard
  • Large (chest 46in, waist 44in, hip 46in): Dragon silk brocade, black with gold brocade accents (SOLD), aubergine baroque jacquard, brown wool tweed (SOLD), blue faux suede (black jacquard accents), black and silver abstract brocade (SOLD)
  • XL (chest 50in, waist 50in, hip 52in): Black and silver abstract brocade (SOLD), dark marine blue faux suede, aubergine baroque jacquard, black with gold brocade accents, green faux suede (black jacquard accents), blue faux suede (black flocking accents), brown wool tweed (brown faux suede accents)
  • XXL (chest 56in, waist 56in, hip 58in): dragon silk brocade, blue faux suede (black flocking accents), black and silver abstract brocade, black with gold brocade accents, black jacquard with gold brocade accents(one-of-a-kind, with black satin back), green faux suede, brown wool tweed (brown faux leather accents), aubergine baroque jacquard
  • 3XL (chest 58in, waist 60in, hip 62in): dragon silk brocade, red-burgundy brocade, green faux suede (black jacquard accents), brown wool tweed (brown faux suede accents), black and silver abstract brocade, blue faux suede, black with gold brocade accents

Ivy Shrugs

Price: $35 (regular price $88)

These are a fun way to finish an outfit and shield your head from drizzles — or your face from unwanted eyes when you feel mysterious or antisocial.

The hood is very generous, and the open front with optional ties makes the fit pretty forgiving.  I size these by back width, measured from side to side near the back shoulder, as shown in the measuring photos.  If you’re between sizes, please choose the SMALLER size.

Please do *not* choose the size you normally wear.  Our sizing system is very different from industry “normal,” and anyway, the fit of the Ivy shrug depends more on your shoulders than on your circumference. 

Sizing & Colours

(all colours shown in photos above):

  • 3XS: back width 12-12.5 inches, in pinstripe, red, silver, green, dragon print silk, brown, and one-of-a-kind sparkle pinstripe.
  • XXS: back width 14 inches, in pinstripe, red, silver, dragon print silk (SOLD), green, brown, and teal
  • XS: back width 15 inches, in pinstripe, red, silver, brown (SOLD), black brocade, teal (SOLD), and black-and-silver brocade (SOLD)
  • Small: 16 inches, in pinstripe, black brocade(SOLD), silver(SOLD), red, dragon print silk, and brown
  • Medium: 17 inches, in dragon print silk(SOLD), black(SOLD), red, silver(SOLD), and one-of-a-kind “Harley Quinn” parti-colour
  • Large: 18 inches, in red, dragon print silk, silver(SOLD), and brown, pinstripe (SOLD)

Queen of Hearts Boleros (One-Off)

PRICE: $22 (+ tax and shipping, originally $115). 

The 4 last remaining Queen of Hearts boleros.  These are all for people ranging from Medium to very large sizes (either plus-sized or just broad in the back and/or shoulders).

These are fabulous for dressing up plain sleeveless tops or dresses (or for when someone turns up the AC too high at a party, or if you’re shy about your arms).

The upper sleeve is gathered into a fitted lower sleeve, which comes to a point.  The sleeve style is especially great for making larger arms look more delicate!

Fitting

Because the front is open, you should fit these by back width, measured as shown in the photo with the tape measure. 

Sizes

The measurements given are for the actual bolero, not of the wearer; choose one that’s at least an inch or two bigger than you are for an easy fit, or the same width as your body for a snug fit.  These do not have any built-in stretch.

  • Black and white pinstripe (back width 18 inches)
  • Red with black lace overlay (back width 17 inches) SOLD
  • Black with sparkle pinstripe (back width 17 inches) SOLD
  • Black jacquard (back width 19 inches) SOLD

Tailored Shrugs

PRICE: $23 (+ tax and shipping). 

These tailored shrugs can be worn like miniature blazers, or as modular sleeves for sleeveless tops or dresses.  All were prototypes for a design which I may or may not produce in the future.

They look better in real life than in the photos, mainly because none of them are the right size for my mannequins!

Fitting

Because the front is open, you should fit these by back width, measured as shown in the photo with the tape measure. 

Sizes

The measurements given are for the actual bolero, not of the wearer.  These can be worn either fairly snugly, or with a loose, easy fit — it’s strictly personal preference.  You should choose one that’s 0-0.5 inch larger than you for a more fitted look, and at least 1.5 – 2 (or even more) inches larger than you for a looser fit.

  • Black sparkle pinstripe (back width 15 inches) SOLD
  • Black brocade (back width 16 inches) SOLD
  • Brown wool tweed (back width 18 inches); has a faint gold thread in the tweed pattern that show up as very subtle dots.  If you tend to find wool scratchy, this one is *not* for you. SOLD
  • Champagne-gold satin taffeta (back width 16.5 inches)
  • Dark grey wool blend suiting (back width 16.5 inches); this one has decent stretch, so can be worn snugger