With Michael's Aladdin pants and shirt finished, it was time to make the vest.
As little as I like poet's shirts, I like vests even less. Not traditional suit vests, mind you, but those fancy vests some men wear instead of a jacket, which always bring to mind Paula Poundstone. That said, the vest that's part of Simplicity 4788, shown above, is pretty inoffensive, and pulls together the rest of the outfit.
Where have I seen this look before...?
|Whatever happened to organ grinders?|
I decided to make my vest out of a piece of vintage brocade I picked up at the flea market a few weekends ago. I wasn't sure what it was made of, but after a burn test, I'm guessing there's some linen or even silk in it. It's not entirely polyester, I don't think, though there's likely some, hence the slightly melted burnt edge. Any ideas?
The right side of the fabric looks like this:
Pretty, but from a distance it reads a bit drab, so I decided to use the wrong side, which shows more gold thread. You can see the difference below:
I was going to line the vest but since it's already a fairly heavy fabric, I decided to make it just one layer and have it be reversible. All the main seams are flat-felled, and instead of seam binding at the neck and armholes, I just folded over the edges twice at aproximately 1/4" and stitched.
|Prepping seams for flat-felling.|
Here's the wrong side:
And the right side:
I cut the two front pieces along the selvage; I love the way the slightly fringed selvage center edges look.
Here's the vest on Michael:
He'd prefer I cut it a few inches shorter and and embellish it with beaded gimp; he wants some bling of his own and who can blame him? We'll see.
Fortunately this little vest went together fast. The only challenge was the ravely nature of the fabric: I tried to handle it as little as possible.
And that's my sewing for the day!
In closing, are you a vest person? How do you feel about matching bow ties?
Have a great day, everybody!