|Pattern Description: |
MISSES VEST: Loose-fitting, unlined vest has fronts extending into collar and lower back (fronts cut on crosswise grain of fabric), and no side seams. Wrong side of fabric shows (especially the if collar is worn folded back). A: narrow hem. B and C: raw edge finish.
I made View C, the longer length.
SUGGESTED FABRICS: Lightweight Jersey, Lightweight Double Knit, Cotton Knit.
XS - M in the envelope. I measure 14-16 (12 - 14 is Medium)
I cut the M size, but made some fitting adjustments as it ran too large for my liking.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with exception of depth of armholes which I changed - see below.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Any suggested changes?
Yes, easy to follow, however since there is no facing, if you fold back the shawl collar the wrong side shows - this means it looks neater to sew the centre back seam of the collar WRONG sides together (pattern suggests right sides together).
Also the pattern advises you to clip to a dot at the waist line, centre back of piece 2 - I hate weakening a seam for no reason and in this case I didn't really see any need for this - I would suggest not do this until after stitching the seam so you can see if it is needed in your fabric.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that it is a semi-casual piece with a bit of interest in terms of the seams. I usually like a "finished" look, so it took me out of my comfort zone to leave the edges raw!
Medium weight, Double knit - light grey wool on one side (used as wrong side), light aubergine nylon on other side (used as right side). This was picked up as a remnant at The Fabric Store in Surrey Hills last week - there was still some on a roll also.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I could tell by looking at the photos on the envelope that the armscye was too high for me as a piece that would be worn over other tops, so I scooped this out by 4-5cm at the bottom only.
I also found that the sizing ran large at bust level which I felt looked a bit frumpy on me, so I removed a total of 10cm by taking in both side (actually they are in the back) seams by 2.5cm (front and back pieces). This resulted in a 10cm adjustment above the waist and a 5 cm adjustment below the waist and the vest is still (acceptably to me) loose fitting. The adjustment also results in the CB "V" being raised slightly from the designed waist level, however this didn't bother me.
I used light weight clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder/back neck and then topstitched down when the collar had been attached.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Since I have sorted out the fit issues, it would be a very quick project next time, so I may sew this again if another appropriate remnant arrives - perhaps in a bright colour to wear as an extra layer over office clothes. Yes, taking into account my comments above, I would recommend the pattern to others.
Quick and easy project resulting in a useful piece. Plenty of scope for creativity in terms of embellishment or innovative finishes if you desired - if made out of the packet, you do however require a fabric with a good reverse side.