From a priest reader:
I’m sure you’ve posted on this, but I cannot recall when…
I’m interested in who you would suggest to make a vestment, particularly a rose one, so it’s just right.
My preference would be either a Gothic style, or if I could see an example, perhaps something like the vestment our holy father wore some time back, which I’d describe as a very ample “fiddleback”—perhaps you recall the one I mean.
The Altar Society wants to donate this, and has $800 to put toward it. A full set with all the parts would probably be out of our reach, but we may be able to get several nice pieces.
You know… I think someone once did provide a link to a site with patterns for making vestments.
However, you should also consider purchasing vestments.
I was in the church goods section of Leaflet Missal in St. Paul, MN on Monday and there were a good selection of rose vestments in the so-called Gothic style having a good color, and not the nasty bright pink you sometimes see. Ask for John in church goods at Leaflet. Leaflet would be limited in the Roman department.
Remember: "fiddle-back" is a vague and misleading misnomer. There is a sort of real "fiddle-back" which has Spanish influence I think.
Also, Gamarelli in Rome has the classic Roman cut, with all the necessary pieces. They do low Mass sets or any number of pieces for whatever level of solemnity.
In the meantime, perhaps someone out there can dig up that site which had the patterns for vestments.
The classic modern Roman cut does have specific proportions for its design and certain details which are to be included, such as the pattern of the galloni or "orphries" or "trim" or whatever you choose to call it. Sometimes people think that any chasuble with the squared sides is "Roman". They aren’t. For example, Roman vestments don’t have a big Cross on the back.
If you are looking for the pattern for the historic vestments, which Gamarelli would call the "taglio filipino", because of St. Philip Neri, I am not sure where you would get the pattern. I suppose some day I could take the measurements from the vestment I have in that style. I don’t have dalmatics for it, however.
Maybe you good readers can help.