I guess I couldn't count on my streak of practicality lasting; after making something like five normal tops, I couldn't resist jumping back into costumes for a bit. After getting back to TCOCC, I surveyed the state of my sewing room (bad) and decided that I needed to get rid of some of the stash. I still had about a third of a curtain left after making my steampunk skirt, and I had thrifted a 70's vest pattern (McCall's 3072), so obviously the right thing to do was make a vest to go with my whole ensemble.
|Vintage Pattern Wiki's copy is a large, mine was a |
medium (bust 34-36). I used View D.
|See, it's a real working pocket!|
|Seriously, that welt pocket is so ugly. That's why I made the buttons waaaay larger, so you can be entranced by the prism...|
|I think it's official...I am in love with chevrons!|
Fabric: Less than a yard of 60" wide 70/30 viscose-poly blend curtain fabric for the shell, 100% cotton lawn for the lining
Notions: Three large buttons, two smaller buttons for the epaulets, a snap to keep the vest from gaping
Techniques: Double welt pocket
Hours used: Eight, what with the muslin-ing and welt pocket and all
Will you make this again? I don't think so, unless I decide I need another fitted vest in a slightly more wearable fabric?
Total cost: about $2 for the buttons and lining; the curtain fabric was free
Final thoughts: I'm pretty happy with the vest, and willing to overlook the ugly pocket welts and the slightly pointy darts, mostly because it's just a costume piece. I do think it really helps tie the whole costume together, and should I decide to go to a winter event, the vest will help with the warmth thing. As it is, it was pretty ridiculously warm to wear, even just briefly for pictures in our air-conditioned apartment. Oh, and when I asked my husband what he thought, he (wisely) asked first, "What look are you going for?" When I said it was for my steampunk outfit, then he said it was just fine and worked well for that purpose. I mean, did he think I was going to wear a vest with a pocketwatch out in public for real life?! Actually, knowing me, that's not entirely out of the question.
Next costume piece to finish: something hobbit-y for Second Breakfast on September 21st...anyone in the LA area want to join me next Saturday to celebrate Bilbo's and Frodo's birthday?