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wool vest with flair

Added Feb 14, 2011

by tracyx

Fremont, Califor...






I’ve been looking to buy a vest that’s fitted but has a bit of flair for casual wear. The trends these days for vest are either super poofy, minimalist or formal. So when I saw this designer vogue pattern, I just had to make it.

It’s fully lined, lightweight wool material. There are a lot of cuts to this pattern as you can see, so a lightweight material is required. The pattern is true to size and I made very little modifications. The only thing I did was to make the waist more fitted. I think the original pattern assumes that the belt is there to make it fitted so the vest itself is semi-fit. I wanted the vest to look finished even without the belt. However, despite this, I realized that the design is very incomplete without the belt.

The godets in the back looked very odd and long at first, but after ironing multiple times and hanging the vest for a while, now I think they are the elements that really add flair to the vest. That and the collar. If I were to make any modifications, I would take out the godets and make the vest shorter to create a more fitted vest. Other than that, I love the cut, I love that there are pockets, and I love the versatility. I could wear this to work AND for going out.

Material Notes

lightweight wool, polyester lining




Spring, Fall
Garment Type

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    Feb 15, 2011, 05.00 PMby emlj

    great! i have this pattern and was nervous to try, must get sewing! looks great

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    Feb 15, 2011, 04.59 PMby mixtlii

    It’s so classy! I bought the exact same pattern a while ago, but I didn’t get the chance to make it yet. I really like yours! Reading you, I thing I might make smaller godets, maybe;.. Maybe not… It’s original, and I think without it it would take a lot out of the style, but it is true that it’s an unusual look. Anyway, congratulations!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 01.43 PMby sianysiany

    Love it! I must buy that pattern!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 12.06 PMby everbergerdiine

    Your version looks better than original . Excellent job.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 09.34 AMby zaarissima

    wow! it’s so beautiful! great work!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 06.23 AMby halokitty087

    This is very chic! I love it!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 05.27 AMby Denise Angela

    love this – just gorgeous!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 04.08 AMby scarletohara

    amazing!!!! absolutely one of my fave projects i’ve seen so far.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 04.05 AMby cantare

    This is beautiful and you made it so well!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 03.05 AMby nidhi

    love it!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 11.27 PMby laugh434

    It looks great and fits you well! Was the pattern easy to follow?

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      Feb 15, 2011, 03.32 AMby tracyx

      Yes I thought so. The instructions were pretty clear for the most part. There were a looot of pieces though so it was a lot of work. I think the instructions are also missing a few key pieces of information when it comes to finishing the vest that I had to figure out myself. Other than that, I would recommend this pattern :)

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    Feb 14, 2011, 09.22 PMby feldmantcat

    Very cool. I love, it and you did a great job. It’s got a very edgy look to it, and I can see it being a very versatile piece.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 09.03 PMby tracyx

    i’ve uploaded some more images. I didn’t take too many frontal view shots so the only one I have is a big strange and I’m wearing it a little crookedly :( Also attached an image of the vest without the belt.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 08.19 PMby scheryka

    Very well done. l have this pattern and can’t wait to get into it. (I have other priorities) But it will surely get done. The goddets are the element and it would be nice to get a front view.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 08.13 PMby lauriana

    That’s such an unusual design! I love it. I would have liked to see a picture of the front as well though.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.31 PMby nellyvdb

    Wow, excellent!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 06.18 PMby dilshadburman

    I absolutely love it!!

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