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Pattern Reviews> Suitability> 4370 (Women's and Girls zippered sho)

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Posted on:2/27/14 4:53 PM
Project Photo:Suitability: 4370 by sewcrazee

Suitability: 4370 by sewcrazee  Suitability: 4370 by sewcrazee  
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 8 people   
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Fabric:Modal Blend Jersey Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Descriptio. These unlined vests sew up quickly and can be the starting point for many different looks. One has a deep scoop neckline and is narrow at the shoulder seams. The other is a classic v neck. Both are hip length with zippered fronts, princess seams and a close fit.n:

Pattern Sizing:all sizes included

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Well I took the basic scoop neck one and adapted it to a "Catching Fire" theme.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I really didn't use them but Suitability does give very detailed instructions .
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Fabric Used:Its a printed jersey of some sort I had it sitting for a couple of years in my stash and it just fit this theme so well with all the feathers and browns and golds running through it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Okay now for the alterations. I have very sloping shoulders and the right one sits about an inch lower than the left due to an old riding injury so most stuff like this falls off but by closing up the scoop a bit, then raising the back neckline and narrowing the shoulders in a bit I was able to get a very comfortable fit. I always move the shoulder seam ahead a half inch. I added my inch of 'just in case' side seam allowance and used a size 12 pattern line. I interfaced the whole vest to stabilize the fabric as it has a very soft hand. I pressed all my seams down and also took a little dart of pattern tissue in the back armhole to help with any gapping as my bony round shoulders are hard to fit a vest on.
I choose Katniss Aaberdeens dress from the movie Catching Fire as I loved the feat her epaulets which were embroidered ...I did not use real feathers as I wanted to have fabric like the movie so i handmade over 50 fabric feathers to use on this vest. I sewed two long ones with wire in them at the front to give the scoop neck some strength and I sewed smaller feathers around the back neckline and all around the hem. I sewed the epaulets by using a set of black shoulder pads for the base and covered them with a variety of fabric feathers, I used rectangles of a brown or white bengaline which I zigzagged stitched then I stitch floral wire covered with black floral tape up the centre to let the feather be positioned and look like a quill.i cut the shape I wanted and then frayed every one with a seam ripper. I got the idea from a page on how this student made an owl costume.
I covered the body of the vest with over 1000 crystals which I glued on. I put gold crystals where the gold pattern is and then a darker brown crystal everywhere else.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will sew this again. Its a nice vest pattern.

Conclusion: I was so inspired by that dress and I think I managed to recreate another version of it. I hope my vest makes my horse and I look like we are catching fire when the light bounces of the many crystals and colors of my vest.

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AnneM said...
Fantastic! Great job. Neat idea using the seam ripper as part of the feather making process. This was certainly a huge project but you will look stunning on your rides.
2/27/14 5:40 PM
Sew Whatever said...
This is totally awesome! I think you really captured the inspiration...totally wearable, too, even if you aren't on a horse!
2/27/14 5:40 PM
JEF said...
Wow. Love it.
2/27/14 9:27 PM
2mulie said...
Another wow!
2/27/14 10:43 PM
Quickie said...
Oh.... This is like a beautiful dream.....
2/28/14 0:26 AM
Baja Susana said...
Gorgeous, fantastic, Muy interesante!
2/28/14 2:46 AM
betsey said...
as someone who also shows in the western pen--EXCELLENT job! you will look gorgeous out there!
2/28/14 6:58 AM
betsey said...
as someone who also shows in the western pen--EXCELLENT job! you will look gorgeous out there!
2/28/14 6:59 AM
DonnaH said...
Gorgeous! But I think you should wear it over a black slinky!
2/28/14 1:25 PM
sewcrazee said...
Donna slinkies are out for the last few years...lol..Im a showring fashionista....i actually have a gold oxford shirt on order to go with it as it will pick up the gold in the vest....it does have white in it too...the shirts of choice now are button oxfords which i like as they hide your muffin top better when you have to tuck in for horsemanship
2/28/14 1:59 PM
JayG said...
You deserve to win the movies comp! Great sewing!
3/4/14 4:44 PM
Margaret said...
Magnificent! Great fit and looks wonderful on you!
3/7/14 10:13 AM
 
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