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Made by a Fabricista: The Versatile Vest

Happy Saturday and Happy Easter All!
Have you ever had your sewing plans all laid out, pattern cut and then something better came to mind?  I felt like these past three weeks I was a bit overwhelmed because everything that I planned on making was sidelined after seeing another inspiration photo from Pinterest or Instagram?  This is exactly what happened with this beautiful crepe fabric that I used to create this vest.  


When I selected this crepe suiting fabric a few months ago, the first thing that came to mind was a jacket. Unfortunately, this color is sold out but here is another beautiful vibrant color for Spring/Summer or the classic neutral here. I  chickened out dreading the task ahead to jump into making a tailored jacket. Moreover, knowing me, I would rock it once or twice during spring or summer and then let it sit for months in my closet.  
 I scrapped that project and then settled on tailored pants, selected the pattern and was ready to cut.  I struggled back and forth as I have created so many palazzo pants over the past year and did not want to add another.  Right at the last minute, I decided to create a VEST with pockets that I always wanted to add to my classic pieces that I can rock and style all year long. 
The pattern I selected to create this classic vest is Simplicity 8265 (VIEW E), which is a great wardrobe builder.
I absolutely fell in love with the design lines of the coat or vest, especially the front darts.  The is a great beginner project and the vest or jacket is not lined but can be. 
To create the vest, the instructions are straightforward and no adjustments were needed for the size I cut (Size 12).  The only changes I made was eliminating the side slit.
Here are a few tips when making this VEST based on the facing pieces!
The pattern did not state to understitch the facing but I always do it with any garment that has a facing. This helps so much with ensuring that it lays flat. 
To secure the neck and shoulder facing, stitching them down (stitch in the ditch) in the shoulder seams will help.  
For the most part, the armhole and neck facing laid flat after stitching my facing in the seams at both shoulders, sides, and center back.
Working to ensure that the inside of my finish garment looks just as beautiful as the outside.
I plan to wear this over a bodycon dress, with jeans and heels during the spring and summer months. 

 I know for sure this will be on heavy rotation as the color is perfect this time of year.  I am happy with the final fit and plan to rock it all year long.  


Thank you so much for reading and be sure to let me know how you would rock this VEST!  Don't forget to stop by my Instagram page or by my blog to check out my 2019 first quarter makes.  

One Love,
Marica - Overdriveafter30

Comments

  1. Nice addition to your wardrobe. Color is spectacular!

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  2. How beautiful. I always love your style.

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  3. Love this! Can't believe I have a version of this cut out on my cutting table right now. You're encouraging me to move it up the sewing queue!

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  4. You made a great choice in what to make with the beautiful hot pink fabric. It looks wonderful on you.

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  5. Gorgeous vest, and I must say you have a wonderful sense of style! Love how you've put these outfits together.

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  6. I really love this color on you. It looks so sharp with the black and white. Fantastic choice!

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  7. fabulous make and the color is wonderful. you are rocking it all around. I always look to see your shoes as much as your makes. I love love shoes and apparently so do you cause you always have such gorgeous ones.

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    1. AWWW Yes I do love shoes. I create my look based on my shoes.

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  8. This is a gorgeous vest! Color is perfect. Enjoy wearing this!

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