|Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, unlined vest has single-layer collar and collar band (wrong side shows), seam detail, French seams stitched to right side of fabric, and shaped hemline. Front closings: purchased pin A, hook & thread eye B and button C. A and C: narrow hem. D: cut on length/crosswise grain, wrong side shows on front opening. Fabric note: not suitable for one-way designs. No provisions provided for above or below waist adjustment.|
Pattern Sizing: XS (4-5) to XXL (24-26). This is a generously sized pattern. Marcy recommends, on her blog, to go down one size if you want a closer fit. I would normally make a size 14 (medium) and then to do an FBA. But for this, I used a small and did NOT do an FBA.
The size was perfect.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were great.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The interesting piecing!
Fabric Used: I used a rayon lycra knit. It is very unstable, very lightweight, very prone to rippling.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Other than sizing down, none.
Next time I would do two things differently. First, I would sew all three pieces seams on each front with the reverse French seam, not just the first and third. I wear this vest open and the conventionally sewn seam allowance (which I serged) shows.
Also, if I were to use another droopy fabric, I would eliminate the collar. It's difficult to make it lie nicely in this droopy fabric. That would not be an issue in a more substantial fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would sew it again. I really like it.
Conclusion: A very interesting, very fun vest! More on my blog.