After making the tunic and pants for this, I decided to throw caution to the wind and make the vest as well. And sometimes? Throwing caution to the wind means that you’re going to end up with a snootful of caution. Read on…
Pattern Description: Wardrobe includes flat front pants or shorts with faced waistband and side zip; long-sleeved blouse with mandarin collar, tucks at neckline and sleeve detail; vest in two lengths. I made the vest.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yeee-esss…. (note the hesitation in my voice)
How were the instructions? They were okay. To be honest, they were not as good as the other pieces. I’ll hark back to my caution in my review of the tunic. This is not a beginner pattern. If you have some experience under your belt, you’ll be able to make this vest just fine. But it’s one of those where you have to pull the front and back through the shoulders and out, then stitch a couple of big circular seams for the sides. If you’ve done it before it’s easy to understand what they are telling you to do. If you haven’t, I don’t think you’d get it very easily from the instructions.
Fabric Used: The same fabric I used in the pants. I finished off the silk/wool pinstripe blend.
Any alterations or changes? I did an FBA .
Likes/Dislikes? Okay, here’s where I had trouble. I wasn’t sure this whole look would work for me in the first place. And I’m still not sure on general principle that I won’t look like I’m trying to look 15 years younger than I am and failing miserably:
There’s the whole matter of looking like you’re trying too hard. And I’m afraid that this vest has that effect. The pants are fine, the tunic is fine. The vest puts it over the top. But that’s a style thing, and style is different for everyone. Cidell? Honey, you could wear this look and pull it off with aplomb. I’m not sure I can.
But the style issue aside, there are some technical beefs that I have with the fit. I didn’t bother to make a muslin, but I did my flat pattern measurements and made my appropriate adjustments. Even with those, the fit is wonky at best. I dropped the bust point by an inch, and it still is too high. If you have anything other than very perky, smallish B’s, I would strongly recommend making a muslin. The other thing that I found very strange is that, even though the bust point on this vest is coloratura-high, The neckline has odd gapping at the mid-chest, above where I did any adjustments for bust size or point. If I want to make this fit properly, I’d have to pinch out a generous inch at the neckline between the collarbone and the bust point, and taper that to nothing at the armhole. That’s the first time I have ever run into that fit issue. This is built for a very different torso shape than mine. My best advice if you want to make this vest is, make a muslin first.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it? No. This isn’t quite wadder status yet. But to make it work, I have to wear my pushiest non-padded-push-up French bra. I’ll make the final decision after I try that.
I would only recommend this if you make a muslin to check the fit first. I think if you have a long torso, high bustline and hourglass figure, you can make this straight out of the package. If not…
Conclusion Well, like the song says, two out of three ain’t bad.