10/20/09

Investing in Simplicity 2556

Simplicity 2556: Misses Vests with various pattern options

Pattern Sizing: 4-22

Version: A

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? As close as its going to get.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions for the vest were straight forward. However, I had a hard time easing in the side fronts, and frustratingly got it right after several attempts. Then for the life of me couldn't get the lining right. After sewing the lining to the vest and attempting several times to turn the vest right side out, I kept ending up with a twisted mess and finally omitted the lining. It seems I spent a considerable amount of time on this project when I think I shouldn't have (hence Investing in Simplicity 2556...lol)


Might I add, I have done a lining before in this coat and it worked out fine.... still scratching my head on how I couldn't get the lining right in the vest though.


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I’d purchased a Vest from The Loft and really liked the look and style and figured I’d sew the next one. Not sure if it was me, but the pattern called for cutting lining pieces for the back, side front & side back, but not for the yoke back. So thinking there was an error in the amount of pieces to be cut for the lining, I cut out the lining piece for the yoke back, sewed the seams and left an opening in one of the side fronts, however as previously stated, I was having major issues with turning the lining and omitted it.



For the armholes and hemline, I serged and folded ¼ to the inside and final stitched, and used blue hem tape along the inside edges.

Oh! How could I forget…. working with pinstripe was a total PITA… again spent a considerable amount of time trying to line up the pattern pieces and to realize that it was not the case....uggh.



Fabric Used: I used a navy blue pinstripe polyester blend fabric.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I cut a size 16, but ended up removing 5/8 from the side seams and noticed after finishing that I should have taken ½” or less from the under arm. I have what appears to be poofing near the front of the armhole, which may be the result of trying the vest on without a blouse under it.

Would you sew it again? Not sure

Conclusion: Have not officially worn it, however, I did try it on with pant & button-down blouse and it looked just ok and the poofiness isn’t so noticeable.

17 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Well it sure looks good! :) And I like that you chose a classic navy pinstripe to make this trendy version of a vest!

Lori said...

I like it, classy pinstripe and the back is an interesting shape for a vest.

Faye Lewis said...

I agree, the vest does look very good. I do understand what you went through with the lining and the time invested. I made a vest a little over a year ago and ran into the same problem with the lining and the time frame. Thus I haven't sworn off on vests, but I haven't made another one as of yet. I just don't think it should take so long to make such a little thing!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Even tough this pattern frustrated you, it turned out looking pretty good :) I too like the pin stripe fabric.

Cas... said...

Nice vest. I really like it. I hope you take a picture in it for us to see.

Sew-Ann said...

I like the closure and the bottom v's. The blue is a very nice shade too. Should make for a fly outfit.

Gail said...

This pattern is on my must have too. I love your pin-stiped vest and can see many more variations.

Gail said...

This pattern is growing on me. I love your pinstripe version and I can see that you'll do other versions.

Erica B. said...

Very cute! I love this pattern. Just need to find the opportunity to make it!

urbanknitrix said...

Love it. Especially the back.

gold said...

I looks good to me! Love to see you in it.

Opal said...

I look good..I like the fabric and the style...

Tanya said...

Love it and I like the pinstripe contrast where it didn't line up, just act like you did that on purpose lol. I'm not a fan of project runway patterns, I've made one and now I avoid them.

NGLaLALa said...

It looks great! Very classic and timeless!

del said...

I love vests. And the pinstripe is too cool. Pimpin' ain't easy...lol

Sheila said...

Thanks for the awesome compliments. I plan to take it in a tad bit in the side seams and thinking about another button & buttonhole. Also still in the process of finding the right blouse to wear with it.

@ Faye: I so agree with you, I thought it would be an easy project too.

@ Del: Trying to find the right blouse isn't easy for a pimpette...lol

Syl said...

I like the way the back of the vest looks. The squared off arm holes are different.