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« on: December 22, 2011 11:06:06 AM »

My Husband's Christmas present, complete!

My husband is a ballroom dance instructor - I call him my very own personal Patrick Swayze. Smiley  He has to wear slacks, shirt, and tie to work every night - and this fall he found a vest at Goodwill that he likes to throw in for a change every once in a while.  For Christmas, he asked for another vest.  I TRIED to be lazy and just buy him one - but all the vests I found were cheap (polyester, mass produced monstrosities) and expensive ($85 for a plain black polyester vest?  Weak).  So i broke down and made him one.

The striped fabric was a scrap of really lush suit-weight wool, black with grey/silver pinstripes.  The lining and back are a high-quality polyester lining.  Buttons from Hancock's - I had wanted to use pewter buttons, but didn't think about it in time to order any.  We can always switch them out later, if he wants me to. 

Although I usually draft my patterns, I ended up using a commercial pattern for this - I didn't have time to draft something nice, and all I have is his chest measurement, so I needed something that worked off of standard sizing.  Enter Folkwear 222 - Vintage Vests.

Pattern Description: From Folkwear: "Victorian gentlemen at the end of the 1800s needed a vest or waistcoat to be considered well-dressed, and smart Victorian women often paired vests with walking skirts for street wear. Our vests offer a variety of stylings, including collarless V-neck, bias-cut vest with shawl collar, and short front-darted style. Traditional bow tie, with instructions for tying, is also included."

Pattern Sizing:Misses 6-16; Men's 36-44.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made view B - the men's bias-cut vest. It looked just like the pattern envelope photo.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! Although I've made a number of Renaissance doublets, this is my first attempt at a Victorian style vest. I had never done welt pockets before - and could not wrap my brain around how the geometry worked. I followed the pattern instructions meticulously, step by step, working on faith that they would work - and they did! All instructions were clear and well written, accompanied by line drawings when necessary.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved working with this pattern. It went together beautifully - there were no grading issues, all the pieces matched up nicely, and the instructions were clear and simple to follow.

Fabric Used: Suitweight wool, polyester back/lining

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! I have a feeling that my husband will be wanting a few more vests...

Conclusion: Overall, this is an excellent pattern. The instructions are clear, the sizing is accurate, and I was able to create a beautiful finished product with little fuss. As with all patterns, it may be necessary to tweak the sizing to fit the wearer. The key to creating a finely tailored garment is, of course, pressing - since the fashion fabric is a soft wool, I made lots of use of my steam iron and tailor's clapper to press all the seams into submission. There are a lot of little pieces and curved pieces in the collar, and it's a bit tedious to clip and press all of those pieces - but it's worth it in the end! Don't scrimp on the pressing.

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011 11:21:30 AM »

Superb!  It looks great on the manniquin & I'm sure it will be even better on the hubby.  Excellent work.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011 11:28:07 AM »

Beautiful! Your husband will look so handsome in this vest!

I love the stripes of this vest and I think the welt pockets make the vest look sophisticated! I also like the buttons you used.

Good job!  Cheesy
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2011 01:59:32 PM »

Thanks, guys!  I sure hope he likes it. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2011 03:41:22 PM »

Wow, that is sharp!  I love all the buttons.  Smiley


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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2011 08:45:58 AM »

Wow, lucky husband! You did an excellent job. Thanks for the detailed review of the pattern too.

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