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A vest for Mister!

Added Sep 1, 2010

by laurwyn

Tilburg, Netherl...






Let’s be honest, I was expecting that a vest would be easy breezy. Oh, foolish me… Let’s rewind! A few weeks ago, I purchased a 70’s Simplicity pattern on Etsy. It is a three piece suit. Being my enthusiastic self, I imagined that I would sew all three, eventually, and that the vest would be a great and easy start.

So far, so good! Now, what happens? HELL happens! In my little world, hell is personified by WELT POCKETS!!! I thought I was ready. I have watched tutorials online. Pictured and filmed. I have read a long piece about it in my great “Complete Guide to Sewing”. I have trained on the muslin, etc. I was ready I thought! Let me tell you, I was not ready to spend a whole day on that, procrastinating, and then getting all worked up… But I am finally done. I think that they will look better on the second vest I will make (eventually).

It so happens that today was the one year anniversary of Mister and Me living together. Isn’t this a nice present?

You can read about all the drama that was going on, on my "blog"http://quirkyprettycute.blogspot.com/…



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    Jan 6, 2011, 07.26 PMby pinksalamander

    I’ll look to this project for inspiration, I’ve just started sewing my first waistcoat for the boyfriend and have spent all day crying into my sewing machine over my practice welt pockets. Yours look great though!

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    Sep 2, 2010, 05.01 PMby susie17

    Your Mister looks very proud of your lovely vest. Now for the rest of the pattern.

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      Sep 2, 2010, 08.53 PMby laurwyn

      Next month ;) Or the month after that ;)

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    Sep 2, 2010, 10.25 AMby nikotina

    You are so sweet for thinking vest will be easy : ) it is one of the most difficult items to make, after all it’s a tailored piece, but it came out great ! i share your frustration with welt pockets, it’s a torture, but when eventually it comes out good it’s Christmas. congrats for yore first vest and for your anniversary, great gift .

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      Sep 2, 2010, 10.49 AMby laurwyn

      Now I know… And he wants me to make the second one we planned (with another lining)!

      But it is going to be for next month, at least!

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    Sep 2, 2010, 06.14 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    dear laurwyn! lets start with the fact, that you have categorized yourself the vest as and intermediate project, while i think it is an expert one! your pockets, the lininge etc on the vest are a few of the most difficulte tings in sewing technique i have ever done and for your first vest you did a great job! maybe i sound like an idiot, but for the pockets i can tell you that the best thing you can do is exercising! with every new pocket, you will do it better and faster than with the one before!

    congrats to you and “mister” for your first year!!!!

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      Sep 2, 2010, 08.50 AMby laurwyn

      Thank you! It’s been a great year ;)

      That is true that it was hard, considering that it was a 70’s pattern, and that, those days, the women were systematically taught how to do those complex things!

      I completely agree, next time that I will go for Welts, it will get better.

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