And I forgot to take a photo of the whole vest once it was, more or less, finished. But you can get the idea here...
The fabric was very coarsely woven...almost like a large cross-stitch fabric. Large threads that didn't stay secured in the stitching. You can see, sort of, how it's raveled out from the photo of the side seam, and how I just mended by the seat of my pants on the shoulder and neckline. I don't know how visible all that will be from the stage, but it should be obviously less than pristine.
It'll work for a prisoner, a slave, or a beggar just fine.
I'm hauling in my cutting boards today...the chopping begins! ;)