The Season of Casual Comfort
I came across an old pattern in my pattern library from 1998. I remember making the vest and not finishing it, because I didn’t like the fit…or lack of fit is more accurate. I am always intrigued how something I once didn’t care for can take on a new life and become a new favorite; whoever said fashion is fickle was certainly onto something. Rediscovery is always a good thing; it means I’m changing and growing and open to new ways of thinking. I like that!
I began with Mcall pattern 9278. I used updated constructions methods which I talked about in my last post by eliminating the facing and using French seam applications on all interior seams and sleeves for a streamlined look. To give support to the buttonhole areas I created small uniform patches and fringed the unfinished edges.
Behind the fashion button, I sewed a small support button to reduce wear on fabric. You could also use small beads in a different color to add interest and artsy elegance, especially if you plan to wear the garment open.
The hemline and center front edges were turned under 5/8 inches and stitched. A bias binding made from the fashion fabric was applied to the sleeve opening and neckline. I used a linen open weave pattern for the top applying the same constructions techniques. It was quick and easy very versatile.