Mccalls 7254

After getting my closet ready for Fall and finally swapping out summer clothes for Fall/Winter, I assessed what I needed.

Honestly, one thing is for sure, I do not need more blazers, but realized I enjoy donning a vest every now and again.  I have only a few of personally made, rtw and refashioned in my wardrobe and with that, decided a vest was in order.

Of course, my sewing motto is easy & simple and Mccalls 7254 fit the bill.  M7254 is a misses' cardigan that is close fitting and unlined, self-lined extended collar and peplum.

The pattern offers four versions, and I worked up Version B  with the sleeveless and smaller extended collar.  After tissue fitting, worked it straight out of the envelope.  The instructions appeared clear and honestly, briefly browsed them and only referred to it when it was time to apply the extended collar.

For my garment I used a beige modal jersey knit, which off the bat was too light, and decided to line the bodice with a beefier knit. The seams were serged and once the lining was in I attached the extended collar and peplum and finished off the bodice seams with topstitching.

 As I've mentioned in several of my posts, I love to use adhesives to get a crisp and as close to perfect hemline on my garments. However, my use of adhesives vary depending on the fabric, and decided that heatn'bond was good for this project, which I posted about here.

I prefer to finish my armholes by hand, being that I feel I have more control and hand sewing in small dosages is meditative.  Machine basted the lining armholes to the fashion fabric armholes, proceeded on with machine stitching fold-over elastic to the armholes and hand stitched to the inside.

All that was left was a closure, and sifted through my button stash.  Found this cute bronze clasp that I'd purchased from Now Closed Virgo Fabric some time ago.  The owner was notorious of hoodwinking me with distinctive and vintage notions and of course, I couldn't resist..  Didn't have any plans for them at the time of purchase, and customarily that was the case when I would buy a boat load of notions.  However, they are being used now and perfect for this vest.

M7254 makes for the perfect mix for my wardrobe and was perfect with Modified Mccalls 6796 and New Look 6351 pant.

Until then,
Have a Fabulous Week!!! 


Myra said…
Very cute vest Sheila! This is something I wanted to make more of too this fall. Especially because I only own two (one faux fur vest made last year and one woven black vest from many, many years ago!) You did an awesome job with this one and I think you'll get lots of wear out of it too!
Faye Lewis said…
Great look Sheila. Love that pattern.
Andrea said…
I already knew this was going to be nice, since I saw the Youtube video. But I didn't realize how much I would want that same top, but as a jacket. Yours is really nice, the color is a great basic.
Sheila said…
Thank you Myra ! I've wanted a fur vest for some time and now that you mention it, need to scout out some fabric. Thanks for the inspiration.
Sheila said…
Thank you Faye !
Irene said…
What a gorgeous vest!
Sheila said…
Thank you Andrea ! I definitely will make the jacket version.
Love the look of this vest on you. It makes a very smart looking outfit.
Vests are very popular in the stores and this one is the perfect look.
Sheila said…
Thank you Irene !
Cherie said…
Great 3rd piece! The vest completes an outfit. Love the fabric and styling!!
Sheila said…
Thank you Ann !
Sheila said…
Thank you Cherie !