Happy New Year! I’m spending my time sewing on my holiday from work. While most of my sewing has been gift or quilt related, I have spent the past two days working on some clothing. I love vests, and I wear them often. I like a vest as an option that is slightly less warm than a jacket, but still has a jacket-like style. I’ve made several vests that zip up, based on the same pattern, the appropriately named Zip-up Vest from Favorite Things.
This hand-dyed cotton has been in my stash for more than two years. I bought it in a store in Minneapolis that has since closed, planning on making it into some kind of jacket. I then spent a great deal of time trying to find an appropriate jacket pattern, and the perfect jacket pattern didn’t materialize. The fabric sat around maturing in my stash while I was looking for the right project, or at least the right time. This weekend was when sewing time and desire for a wardrobe update converged.
I put the pockets on the inside of this vest. I often put patch pockets on the outside of these vests, but I didn’t have enough of the hand dyed cotton to make pockets, and I didn’t have matching zippers to make zippered pockets. Thus, two six inch square pockets on the lining. We’ll see how useful they turn out to be in practice.