- Gwen lengthened the pattern 3” using the lengthen/shorten line on the pattern because of the irregular hem.
- Gwen used a printed plaid over printed with dots, then overprinted with flocking. We recommend tossing this flocked fabric in the washer/dryer.
- She did not attempt to match the plaids as the plaid pattern disappears in the overall print.
- Gwen inherited metal washers from her father. She hand stitched the washers to the vest using pearl cotton. If you like the look, go to the hardware store to find something similar!
- To close the vest, she used a unique black snap/loop closure from her collection - this virtually disappears into the garment, making the closure almost invisible.
- Gwen says, ‘this is an easy pattern to sew, love the asymmetrical hem and flattering line’.
- Beth has been staring at this pattern for a long time - it has been pinned to her bulletin board for over a year, and it is sweet synchrony that she and Gwen made it at the same time.
- Beth wishes she had interfaced the front facing - this is part of her learning about stretch woven fabrics. Because she made a test swatch, she made the buttonholes vertically rather than horizontally.
- HINT: to stabilize the stretch, cut the interfacing so the stable direction is parallel with the buttonholes.
- It is such a good idea to not be too attached to the way any pattern will turn out, so, for me, the first time with any pattern gives ideas for future renditions.
- Beth used buttons found in Paris on our ArtBarn adventure in Paris last spring.
- The style works well with fabrics with some structure.
- Make the jacket or vest in either a woven or a stable knit.
- While I’d use knits such as ponte or felted wool, I would NOT use a drapey rayon jersey. Same for woven fabrics, I might use a crisp shirting or linen, but not a thin voile.
- If you decide to break the rules, do send us a photo!
- Wear as a jacket or vest or as a shirt or top depending on the fabric and fit. It also makes an excellent layering piece worn under a jacket or coat.
- This is a pattern to keep and play with - after you have made one version you will understand how to change and adapt for fit and length, different seasons and various fabrics.
- On the pattern envelope we used a pink toned ikat silk taffeta, a black and white polka dot ponte, and lavender linen.
- Adjust the fit to the fabric. For instance, I can see using one of our Artisan Kantha Fabrics. Because Kantha is a double layer with a bit of loft/thickness, I’d make the jacket or vest with more ease, and fit as you sew. On the other hand if you are making the garment to wear as a shirt in a cotton shirting, I’d adjust the fit with less ease.