Sunday, December 16, 2012

Vogue 7281 Vest - Part 1

I've started a new sewing project, a vest for myself, out of some red wool that I "felted" (technically, it's "fulled") in the washing machine and dryer. I've added lines to the seams and armholes to show where I am planning to finish the edges with some brown wool. Here's what it might look like when completed:
And here's the pattern envelope:
When cutting out and pressing the pattern pieces, I noticed that the front and back pieces are not multiple pieces but that the shaping from the shoulder down and from the hips up, front and back, are from (oh no) darts.
Pattern pieces
So I cut the pieces apart in a way that accounts for the darts and added seam allowances, creating a princess seam vest, which is what I thought it was.
And here's my fabric all cut out:
Thanks, Maxwell, for holding down those pattern pieces. You never know when a gust of wind might blow everything around.

Here's the fabric:
Felted wool on left, new wool on right
Here's a close up to show the thickness:

This vest should be nice and cozy.

I always mark the right side of each piece after it's been cut out. The placement is determined by the fabric; sometimes the mark needs to be in a seam allowance. But for this project, any place is fine. I leave this mark in as long as possible, sometimes until the section is pressed.
I use small safety pins, clips, sticky dots, whatever is on hand that will work for that project.

I'll let you know how it's going. There's been some Santa's Workshop activity here, too, so progress might be even slower than usual.

Blessings and peace...


  1. Loving the look of that vest. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, BeaJay, and for leaving a comment. This is taking a little longer than I expected.

  2. How funny that you mark the "right" side. I always mark the "wrong" side. Ha! No I hope I don't confuse myself. ;)
    Your vest is going to be wonderful, colorful, and warm.

    1. Linda, thanks for your comment. I hear ya; why DO I mark it on the right side? It doesn't seem to make as much sense as marking on the wrong side, but I can't change now! I think I learned it {mumble mumble} somewhere in the last century. I think that this will be nice and warm; snow is coming soon, so I'd better get it finished!

  3. Sandra I nominated you for a Lovely Blog/Inspiring Blog Award! Go over to my blog to collect and show off.

    1. Hi Ruth, well, aren't you just the nicest person. It might be tomorrow before I get over to your blog; of course then I have to learn how to "collect" it. Thanks so much for thinking of me!