Investing in Simplicity 2556
Simplicity 2556: Misses Vests with various pattern options
Pattern Sizing: 4-22
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.