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Help fixing tux vest
Siren7
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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
http://tinypic.com/r/250juhz/5

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
http://tinypic.com/r/ziodir/5

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
http://tinypic.com/r/qn4rbn/5

Any suggestions would be helpful.
-- Edited on 10/13/13 3:29 AM --

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Date: 10/14/13 1:22 AM

I don't think anyone will notice the pucker. Try out your ideas for the other two problems and see if they will work. Maybe you could baste the back pieces in before removing the elastic just to make sure it will work and look ok before deconstructing the elastic.

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