Dear Friends of the Catholic Restoration:
Thank you for your interest in the revival of the use of traditional vestments.
Whether you are furnishing an existing church, or preparing for one in the future, I hope these patterns and instructions will help you with your endeavor. The history of vestments and their usage can be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia, by looking up each vestment by name.
Though vestments may look elaborate, they require only basic machine sewing skills. Care in cutting out and neat stitching are the most important elements. A sturdy work surface is helpful for supporting the weight of larger vestments while sewing.
Traditional vestment fabrics and embellishments are expensive. But with proper care, a set should give years, or even decades, of use. A source for all vestment materials that I recommend is:
PO Box 2628
Greenwich, CT 06836-2628
Call or write for their free catalogue.
If ecclesiastical supply houses are beyond your means, there are other sources. One solution is to order only orphreys, appliques and fringes from the supplier and to use fabrics from local sources. Polyester or poly/cotton brocades, bengalines or bengaline moires are all good choices and come in a wide array of appropriate colors. Because they are relatively stiff fabrics, the bengalines are more suited to the Roman, than the Gothic, chasuble. Bridal and formal fabric stores often have suitable materials. Check the advertising pages of magazines like Sew News or Threads or the Internet for other sources.