Saturday, January 9, 2010

TSW Peony Vest

My first garment of 2010!


And here's the reverse:


The starting point was this vest, from The Sewing Workshop's Peony and Poppy Vest pattern. The Peony vest is the simplier one at the lower left:

The orginal vest design is more involved than mine, with lining, facings, and 2 different vest fronts. I skipped all that because I wanted to take advantage of the unique properties of a double faced jersey that I picked up from Fabric Mart in December of 2008. With one side orange and the other black, it was a natural for a reversible garment. I had previously used it last year to make Vogue 8430, a Marcy Tilton jacket. Coincidentally, it was the first garment of 2009!

What I did was to serge off the edges and seam allowances, lap together the seams, and attach them together with a line of sewing and some fusible webbing. A fairly quick project--neatly finishing off those edges was the most time-consuming part, with all those loose threads to tuck in. However, I really love the way they look and will probably go back and finish off the jacket the same way (it's now finished off with zig zag and that just looks a little too raw to me). Below is a detail of the edge finish:


I'm glad I had enough jersey left over to be able to play with this vest. Even though I'm not a big vest fan, but it will be a nice garment to have now that winter has hit New Mexico. Maybe I'll even make another one! Once again, I need to give Terri K. credit for the idea; she had posted a similar vest on Stitcher's Guild during the holidays.

6 comments:

gwensews said...

Great vest! Perfect for a wintry day, cozy but cute!

Terri K said...

Nancy, I'm sure you will be able to wear this over many things. I may sew up another one of these using the facings and lining, but the shape is nice for a quick, reversible layering piece. I enjoyed looking over the tips for the Marcy Tilton jacket you made last January.

If I can make a fashionable piece out of left-over fabric, I feel like I'm getting a free garment!

Sharon said...

Oooo, nice vest! I had just pulled this pattern out this afternoon wondering if I should sew it or not. I put it back, but your version now has me thinking...

The Slapdash Sewist said...

What a fun project! The color looks great on you.

Duchesse said...

I bought a vest, proudly wore it to work and the young men called me Maude. I never wore one again.

Audrey said...

Oooh, I recognize that fabric. I have some in my stash. The vest pattern you chose is a great way to show off both sides of the fabric. It looks great on you.