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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Vest, in RED!

As I mentioned, I made another Simplicity Vest, 2153, this time in a Cranberry Crushed Taffeta and lined with a Cranberry Stretch Taffeta.





The pictures are taken inside my studio today because there is a 35MPH wind outside; there is a 1800 acre wildfire about 20 miles away, so this is a BAD
THING...




I used two of my beloved black and white striped zippers, from Ghee's, and found a matching ribbon on Etsy. The Crushed Taffeta is from OnlineFabrics and the lining I found on eBay. I again narrowed the pattern in the armholes
and at the waist, so it wouldn't be so boxy.



As before, I made a size larger than I ordinarily would, to accommodate the
bulk of the pockets, when filled.


Since I wore the silver vest so often on my trip to Iran, I jotted down as I went along, noting what worked, what didn't and what I could add. 

For instance, because the two fabrics are slippery, the pockets needed to be deeper, or closed, so that things wouldn't fall out if I bent over.

                                         
Outside pockets, deeper


Inside pockets, deeper
bottom pocket on the left is zippered
bottom pocket on the right is closed with velcro


Isn't it a yummy color? I often wear a vest in the mornings when Dave and I
walk, so I won't have to wait till the next trip to wear it.

As promised, a tutorial on adding pockets to vests and travel jackets is in the
works...

TTYL...








52 comments:

  1. Beautiful vest - I love red!

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    1. Thank you, Mrs K...I love red, too!

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  2. Oh wow! I love your new vest. The shade of red is just gorgeous and I love the striped ribbon accents.

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    1. Thanks, Mushy...I love it, too!

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  3. Fabulous, Margy! I'm really looking forward to your tutorial.

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    1. Thanks, Martha...it's in the works!

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  4. Really lovely... I would never think to make this style in crushed taffeta but it so works and makes something very practical a little glamorous! I've enjoyed your posts about your travels, too.

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    1. Thank you, Summer Flies...I love the glamour, too!

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  5. Did you choose the cranberry red? I just looked at your link and I love this color. Thanks for the info on where you got your zippers and tape. I think I will try to make this.

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    1. Yes, I chose the cranberry red...and just "happened" to find matching stretch taffeta on eBay!

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  6. That's fabulous! I really like the contrasting ribbon and zips. Looks great!

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  7. Love it! Love the striped ribbons as and zippers. I would have never noticed the pattern from their picture and art. You've taken it from frump to fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Meredith..."from frump to fabulous" sounds like a good motto!

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    2. My thoughts exactly Meredith: I don't think that I'd have given this pattern a second glance. Clever Margy for spotting the potential.

      Though vests aren't usually my style you have got me thinking.

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  8. I love the red with the black and white accents. Thank you for sharing! I have similar textured fabric and plans for a parka, which similar features. Thank you for sharing!

    Rose in SV

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    1. You're welcome, Rose...have fun!

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  9. Who would ever think that your vest is full of pockets?!! What a great piece and yes, the fabric is yummy:-)

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  10. I love it and will try adding more/better pockets to my favorite Kwik Sew pattern.

    I live on Meadowlark in Santa Ynez and we had another fire break out this afternoon on 246 at San Lucas Ranch. Close enough that I put my birth certificate in my pocket and my neighbor is cutting down his field again - no need to cut the field again, because no rain all Spring. But it feels important to do something. I'm cutting out a Victory pattern - the Lola dress. Stay safe!

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    1. Thanks, Robyn...see you Friday!

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  11. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I really love my vests too, and if I ever start traveling again [rolls eyes] I'll remember this one!

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    1. Thanks, Jillian...I wear mine in the mornings, walking...

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  12. So gorgeous, Margy! I just love this vest. I want one EXACTLY LIKE IT! :D

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  13. I LOVE IT! The silver one was pretty cool...but I think I like the red one even better. You've added some great-looking touches, Mom!

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  14. The description of this piece alone is decadent! Excellent modifications.
    I hope you are safe! The best thing would be rain, rain, RAIN!!!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie...unfortunately, rain is in short supply, this year...

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  15. Wonderful, fabulous (and many more adjectives). Look forward to the tutorial. Hope the fires are out soon. Be safe.

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  16. The vest is beautiful and the red looks fabulous on you.

    I would really like to see more photos of your studio after those teaser images looking at what was behind you. Do you have any (or could you post some) posted anywhere?

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    1. Thanks, Myrna...if I ever clean up my studio, I will take pictures...promise!

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  17. After seeing your silver vest, I started a jacket in the SAME reddish colour of the vest you've just finished! Mine too is a crinkly taffeta fabric, which I'm hoping to spray with some waterproofing. My jacket is *still* in progress (I had to stop to find a few notions), but thank you so much for the inspiration!!

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    1. Thanks, and you're welcome, Tonia2000...good luck!

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  18. Really pretty color, Margy - and looks great on you! Is the crushed taffeta difficult to sew? I've always looked at fabrics with elements like that and wondered how hard they'd be to manage.

    I love the way you've added pockets...maybe you should market your 'travel vest' :)

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    1. Thanks, carolinascallin...the crushed taffeta is not particularly difficult to sew...no "marketing" for me!!!

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  19. Great travel vest. I'm not a vest lover but yours are always great

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  20. I checked the zipper on Ghee's, but the only size they have is the 14" and the pattern calls for 24". Is there another place that sells these kinds of zippers?

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    1. I got mine from Ghees, Liana...you might contact them to see if they're going to carry the longer one again...

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  21. Margy, can you wash the crushed taffeta? I love how it looks in the vest. I really enjoy your blog. I hope the fires get put out quickly. We had to evacuate our town in New Mexico a couple of years ago. Fires are so frightening.

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    1. Yes, Cindy Louise...I washed my silver vest in the washing machine when I got back from Iran, and it came out perfectly!

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  22. Gorgeous, red and zippy sneaky pockets! Perfection.

    Hope you are safe down there, Margy. Wish I could send you some of this week's interminable rain!

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    1. Thank you, Louisa...I'd welcome your rain!

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  23. What a glorious colour! I already bought the pattern because of your gray/silver version, apparently I forgot I don't wear vests! I don't care, one day I will make one of these. Love it.

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    1. Thanks, ElleC...try it, you'll like it!

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  24. Hope you are where the fire is under control now. Your vest is truly art to wear and use. I love the pockets. Do you have more pictures of your trip to Iran? How did you get to go there?

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  25. Loved your vest (and all the items you made for your trip). I was reading a UK blog this morning (didyoumakethat.wordpress.com) this morning (Jun7) where the blogger was trying to decide on a vest pattern after seeing one on someone in a restaurant. Your post came to my mind, so I copy the url of this post to her comment section. I thought you did such a great job of adapting the vest to your needs.

    This particular blogger is going to be featured in the UK's Guardian newspaper as one of their regular fashion bloggers.

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