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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A VESTed Interest...

I search for the perfect vest like some women look for the perfect purse; I wear vests not only for travel, but I wear them most mornings when Dave and I walk our daily 4 miles. I have bought many vests from travel sites, with lots of great pockets, but stylish, they aren't. So....

This is adapted from S2153, the first Simplicity pattern I've used in a long time. I made it from a silver crushed taffeta from Online Fabric Store and lined it in a silver stretch taffeta from the same source. I added my usual inside pockets, and there are 4 pockets on the outside...

I THINK I LOVE IT!!!


I've been wearing it all morning; I was afraid the 100% polyester might be too hot, but it's not, and even with the stretch taffeta lining, it's as light as air.

This is the inside, showing the pockets...I could probably wear it this side out, if I wanted to.

I wound up slashing and changing a lot; the vest was way too boxy, so I copied a curve from my favorite tee and laid it on both the fashion fabric and the lining. That helped a lot; then I cut the top of the armholes way back, and that helped even more. The trim on the inside pockets and through the collar casing and waist casing is a favorite black and white striped ribbon; and I just "happened" to have a silver herringbone zipper in the right length...




Ready to go!

55 comments:

  1. Wow, Margy, this looks so great! I love that crushed taffeta and the metallic zipper.

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  2. Just love everything about it - great idea to add shaping and extra pockets... Now you can stop searching for the perfect vest - you have it on!!!

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    1. Thank you, Judith...you may just be right!

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  3. You've outdone yourself once again! FABulous fabric choice, and it looks great on you (but of course....)

    Love the zip!

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  4. Love it, Margie, it's just fabulous!

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  5. That is the most stylish travel vest I have ever seen.

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    1. Thank you, Karen...that was what I was aiming for!

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  6. I love it, too! Let's here it for vests and pockets!
    I'm new to reading your blog, so I'm going to prowl around and see if I can find more pictures of vests.

    SueC

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    2. Thanks, SueC56...look back at a post I did in October 2011, where I mentioned my love for vests....

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  7. Margy,
    Your vest is gorgeous and the fact that it is light as air makes it perfect.

    BTW,
    What kind of shoes are those? They look stylish (expect nothing less from you) and comfortable.
    Leslie (lessalt)

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    1. Thank you, Leslie...the shoes are Arche Laius Galaxy...I'm not sure how to make a link on this reply, but they're available at Endless.com. They are French shoes, a little pricey, but absolutely wonderful and comfortable. I have half a dozen pair and they get a workout on my trips, as they're stylish and COMFORTABLE!

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  8. How fabulous! You did a great job and it looks stunning.

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  9. I'd call this vest the Apple - a perfect marriage of form and function.

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    1. oooooh, to this Apple fan, that's the ultimate compliment!

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  10. So stylish and practical - I love vests too, but probably don't wear them enough!

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    1. Thanks, Sue...I love not having to carry a purse....

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  11. This is perfection! I want one just like it.

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  12. That vest is so YOU. You look great!

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  13. I love the trim details and your metallic looking fabric. Very stylish vest!

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  14. Margy--you show us the wonderful possibilities of a limited color scheme combined with lots of creativity. Fabulous!

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  15. Thank you, Lynn! It's a challenge!

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  16. I adore your vest, Margy! So edgy, so current, so you.

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    1. Thank you, Martha...I'm so happy with it!

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  17. you should love this vest its beautiful and goes so well with your colouring.......... love it

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  18. Wowzer, this vest is so cool! I love the fabrics, and your zipper and ribbon add the perfect finishing touches. Great work!

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  19. Love it!!!! The fabric is gorgeous.

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  20. Wow, Mom!! It looks fantastic! When you described it to me on the phone I had forgotten the part about the crushed taffeta...I'm drooling over here and can't wait to see it in person next weekend. Fabulous! Coco

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    1. Thanks, honey...see you next weekend!
      Coco

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  21. Wow, that's a great vest! I stumbled upon your blog last week and I'm loving everything you make. It's been a great inspiration for me to get going with the sewing!

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  22. I just purchased the same pattern; hardly ever even look at Simplicity patterns. I really like the fabric you chose. I love to wear vests in cooler weather rather than long sleeve jackets.

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    1. Me, too, Ann...I'm really a vest girl!

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  23. Oh my..what can I write to add that's not already been said!!
    The picture of you wearing your vest should be showing in next month's Vogue magazine!!!

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  24. I can't believe you made such a fantastic vest out of such a ho-hum pattern. Amazing! Inspirational too. I need something like this now.

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  25. Be my guest, Louisa...I've been wearing it constantly!

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