Member since 10/12/13
Date: 10/13/13 3:13 AM
Hi, I'm working on a tuxedo vest for my wedding and have hit a few snags along the way. It also doesn't help that my fiancÚ keeps changing what he wants.
The vest is almost complete. It's made in silver silk brocade already pre-interfaced. The pattern is a low gorge, backless vest. Vogue pattern 7488 View C. Next vest I make I'm changing the pattern a lot, as the instructions leave a lot to be desired and the finishing cheapens the look (I.e.; the elastic band *has* to go among other things.)
Vest pic- full view
Problem #1. I dislike doing pockets. Correction: I dislike doing welt pockets where the flap folds up (why oh why couldn't it be the kind where the flap folds down?) On one of the pockets, there is a pucker in the corner that refuses to lay flat no matter how many times I rip it out and sew it up by hand again. Any suggestions?
Vest pic- problem welt
Problem #2. The fabric is heavy. Every time my fiancÚ sits down, the vest rides up. And every time he stands up, he has to physically pull the vest down. One solution, I suppose, is tacking two small loops below the front pockets underneath that hook around the tuxedo pants' braces buttons. His tuxedo jacket should help weigh it down for sitting.
Problem #3. As discussed above, the elastic band in the back serves no purpose, doesn't sit right on his back, loves to ride up, and cheapens the look of the vest itself. What I was going to do (someone please correct me if this would be a disaster in the making) was to cut two extra fabric straps w/ the lining material in more of an arch-shape to make sure it sits on the small of his back, rip out the elastic, and very carefully (by hand) slip stitch the additional pieces in and add a 3 button closure.
Vest pic - ugly buckle
Any suggestions would be helpful.
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