Anyone who’s known me since 1992 has probably seen me wear a black fleece vest. I actually lost the Chuck Roast vest two years ago (Boo hoo!), so I have branched out to other vests- even vests that are colored. Since I had a lot of leftover strips of the batik fabrics from the choir stoles, I made myself a new vest with them, and only had to cut a few small pieces. The stripes don’t line up, and that’s on PURPOSE. Really.
I used a pattern, aptly named “The Zip-Up Vest” by Favorite Things, a Canadian company from BC. Visit their site here. I made some modifications, doing the crazy piecing on foundations. I added pockets, since I always need a place for keys/wallet, etc.
I expect I’ll be using this pattern a few more times, since it fits well, and I think I can make several variations with current stash items. I just need a good supply of separating zippers, and I should be able to add some interest to my monotonous black pants/long sleeved shirt wardrobe staples.