vest project I was on a roll, and V8502 was next in line. I liked the military style of the vest and proceeded with tissue fitting, cutting fabric, marking and basted together. Fabric choice was 1-1/4 yard of green/navy blue plaid fabric, that I'd purchased from Fulton Fabrics last year. The fabric was not densely woven and interfaced all pieces.
Construction was easy and basted fronts to back, but once I tried on the vest, the whole military style idea went out the window. The collar was too fiddly, despite the interfacing, the shoulder tabs where akin to exterior shoulder pads and the breast flap gave the illusion of full medal breast plates.
After letting a day or so pass, I decided to streamline the garment, removing the collar, shoulder tabs and modified the breast flaps for the waist.
The lining was machine stitched at the neckline and front edges and hand stitched the armholes and bottom. For closures, I opted to add buttonholes & buttons.
Now the question is how did it go from a vest to a jacket? While making a pit stop in TJ Max, I spotted a young lady with a leather quilted jacket with sleeves that appeared to be double knit. Well an idea was borne, especially being that I didn't have a suitable top to pair with the vest. Friday nite, pulled out navy blue double knit fabric modified the sleeve pattern, and with scissors in hand cut 1/4" around the armholes, serged lining & fabric together. All was not peaches and creme, there was some tweaking of the sleeve to achieve the fitted sleeves. With a few top sleeve patterns and the original jacket sleeve pattern, I was able to trace off a sleeve and get as good a fit as possible.
Off to finish another vest...
Until then, Have A Great Week.