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Fabulous Franzi

Added Apr 10, 2010

by wzrdreams

Brooklyn, New Yo...






My Franzi vest! Made from much stash fabric!

Size 42 -— I think I’m going to have to start doing FBA’s for real on these woven projects… the size is right, but I should stop trying to cram my DDs into a B bodice.

This is great pattern, although I think the turn-back is way too tiny; it just looks like I’m missing a button. I would redraft that shape next time (and there will be a next time!).

I loved modifying the pockets to be single welts; this was a great project to practice that technique (and make the how-to).

I didn’t understand some of the instructions (lost in german-translation), but I see enough vests at work so it wasn’t too hard to figure out. I did replace the CB panels with crepe backed satin, which I also used for the pocket/welts. I lined it with black china silk. I omitted the back waist tie since it was unnecessary and the buckle would have been uncomfortable.

Material Notes

100% Wool Houndstooth (grey/black) – Chic Fabrics (39th st) NYC
100% Silk Crepe-backed satin (black) – purchased by my BF years ago in Como
100% China Silk (black) – Mood, NYC
Fusible interfacing (grey)
1/2" pearlized buttons – canniblized from my 1st Liz blouse.



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Garment Type
Bohemian, Business, Classic, Grunge, Preppy
Silk, Wool

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    Apr 24, 2010, 02.53 PMby ncn6

    I made this up a while ago (also in a sz 42) and never posted it because I wasn’t so happy with the way it turned out. I had all of the same problems that you had — the back tie was unnecessary and uncomfortable (although I didn’t think to just leave it out), the turn down was weird looking, and I really needed a FBA.

    If you make it up again I’d be interested in knowing how you do the FBA — I couldn’t decide if I wanted to alter the pattern to have a princess seam going over the bust apex or if I should try to preserve the original lines with that little dart in the front piece (and in the end I got lazy and didn’t do either). Your wool version makes me think I should give this pattern another go (maybe with the leftovers from my Hikaru!).

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      Apr 25, 2010, 04.13 PMby wzrdreams

      I think I would do a classic FBA….. cut the front from CF to the dart and lengthen there to coincide with bumping out the bust curve a tad on the side seam.

      I want to do this again in denim for a sportier look. I was also thinking about lengthening it at the bottom (add some hip shaping) to make it longer than my natural waist. This vest could easily become a sassy item to wear alone with the right mods. Let me know if you want to do a sew along…. I can take pictures of my pattern modifications when I get to it.

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      Apr 26, 2010, 12.27 PMby ncn6

      I’d love to do a sew along… I’m finishing up a dress to wear to a wedding right now, but maybe in a week or two. I feel like I should definitely be able to make a better fitting vest than the first one I made, because the fit in the shoulders/armhole on me was awful!

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    Apr 17, 2010, 08.09 PMby lollybot

    This is lovely. Are they easy to make?

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      Apr 18, 2010, 05.23 AMby wzrdreams

      The pockets? If so, hen not exactly…. but not hard either. They are time consuming and had lots of steps, but each step was straight forward and the results were worth the effort.

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    Apr 12, 2010, 06.38 AMby davee09

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Apr 11, 2010, 11.53 AMby Passiona Cottee

    Fabulous, indeed. Love the pockets!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 01.41 AMby ginasophia

    very sleek, I think this is the best franzi I have seen. And I totally agree about that turn back/lapel thing, it is way to tiny and not good looking at all on the original model. I cant wait to see your modifications on that, I’m sure I’ll love it as much as those welt pockets! nicely done!!

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      Apr 25, 2010, 04.17 PMby wzrdreams

      Oh, I meant to say thank you for the lovely compliment! Thank you!

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