Added Mar 8, 2010
Years ago, I stumbled across a lovely bright red mini tartan lightweight cotton fabric (what a mouthful!), which, until recently, was sitting in a cupboard, gathering dust and just dying for a transformation… Then one day, I came across a vintage (1940’s) sewing pattern and my mind raced straight to that old piece of fabric. You know when an idea just hits you out of the blue? Well, this was definitely one of those moments! Fabric and pattern were married in my mind; they were meant to be!
So off I went, with some inevitable adjusting of the pattern to tailor the design and fit. I love the style of 1940’s garments – this one caugt my eye because it was perfectly fitted, accentuating curves. The fabric is bright but the tartan adds an element of subtlety and “nerdiness”, which I just adore! To emphasize the shape of the vest, I added some very simple accents in the form of thin black trim and large black buttons.
[Argh! The frustrations of pointy edges and collar.. !]
I teamed this vest with a black lace cami, black pencil skirt and a bright red snood I recently crocheted. And voila!
Red + black tartan printed cotton (definitely a lightweight fabric)
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