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blue_lalita
« on: July 29, 2011 12:55:08 PM »

My mom called me the other day and asked me to turn a show on so I could see the host's vest - and make her one. I didn't actually see a full-length shot of it, but did find a  clip online, and got a pretty bad screenshot of it:

Now, I don't make clothes very often, so I'm not sure why my mom thought I would be able to make this for her, but I'd really like to give it a shot! I have some questions about it, and hoped someone could point me in the direction of a pattern, directions, or even the actual garment so I could get a better look at it. This is the clip: http://www.king5.com/on-tv/evening-magazine/Retro-Video-Games-Bringing-Back-the-Past-126290518.html.  The full length shot is very brief, at the very beginning after the ad.

It looks to me like this is made of a knit fabric, and I think it's just a large, loose vest that's only connected at the bottom - does that sound right? One thing I'm confused about is that my mom (who saw her wear it in another, presumably longer piece) said it was "twisted" on the bottom and looked "like a cowl neck", but to me it just looks like the ends are overlapped, and hanging down a little, probably sewn onto a tighter waistband. Does that sound right? I'm also wondering how it would stay on up on the shoulders, since it looks so loose and blousy - would the back not have extra fabric, to keep it from sliding down the arms? Or is it just kind of clinging to itself and the shirt beneath to stay in place? Any guidance would be very much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011 11:30:02 AM »

Hello! I am not the most experienced sewer, but it looks to me that the vest has a a few decently sized pleats (I think I'm using that right) to give it that "cowl neck" look. It also can't Decide if the front is one piece or two sewn together.
I would take a standard vest pattern and extend it a few inches in the shoulders to make the pleats and then sew the side together. I do agree with you that the vest could just be a little large and she has just pulled it tightly. Again, I'm not an expert by any means just trying to help.
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011 04:02:25 PM »

It looks like a circle scarf to me. I may be wrong but if it is they're easy to make.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2011 09:18:04 PM »

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It looks like a circle scarf to me. I may be wrong but if it is they're easy to make.

Hmmm... it does look like a circle scarf in the front, but I think I see it going back and down over her shoulders and also around the sides, which is why I assumed it was a vest.  I did think that it looks like the front part goes around the back of her neck though, instead of having a seam at the shoulders... maybe I could make a circle scarf and attach it to a back piece.
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