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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Simplicity 1499 Vest



This pattern is at least 3 years old and there are a decent number of reviews. Primarily on the quilted version since that was (is?) such a popular RTW style. But view C had the bones of what I was looking for. Score!


I had the smaller envelope and went with the size 14. I decided not to do any FBA or anything and I thought the princess seam was more of a style line. I should have lowered the bust point a tad. Ah well. I don't mind it being "too small" technically through the body. I want it open and it hangs as I envisioned it. I did sew 1/2" side seams after getting it mostly assembled.

The collar instructions are weird. I don't know why they didn't just include a back facing. Booooo Simplicity. So that area isn't very clean on mine.


I also decided to add princess seams as style lines in back to mimic the front. Again, too, too proud of myself for this.  These are the types of details I would look for and buy a whole new pattern.

I decided to topstitch all the things

LOVE <3


I went with inseam welts which seem so straightforward but always cause me a tiny bit of head scratching. I used a navy and white polka-dot cotton for the pocket bags. Beware, these are some T.I.N.Y. pockets. 


The armholes include a 3/8" seam allowance. I cut strips 1.5" wide and applied it to be visible on the outside. It's a very subtle detail but it just works for me!!

As you can see in this photo, I'd attached epaulets. But then decided I didn't like them so I removed them. 

Fabric is a cotton twill from Fabric Mart. Not so easy to cut, very easy to sew/press/topstitch. 


Excuse my leggings. I worked from home the end of the day and had a "OMG I HAVE DAYLIGHT!!" moment and decided to get pics.

 If I had any reason to sew it again I would lower the bust point, narrow the shoulder a touch and draft a back facing. 

Really love this one though and it'll make a fab addition to my wardrobe.





17 comments:

  1. I really like this vest on your Nakisha! I am truly impressed with your fabric selection too!

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  2. This is really sweet, love the collar and that it has pockets.

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  3. Cuuuute! And woohoo for light after work!

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  4. I hadn't seen this style before, but it is really nice! I really like your version, especially the olive green fabric you chose. The pocket bags are a nice touch too. Great job!

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  5. That is so cute! And you look great in it!

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  6. Love your version of this cute vest jacket!! :)

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  7. Love this! It is so cute on you, and I bet it will go with so many things in your wardrobe.

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  8. Love this vest. It's fabulous. Your topstitching is beautiful.

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  9. Love this vest, and the color is so awesome!

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  10. This is terrific! You totally rock this waistcoat.

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  11. Great color. It looks great on you. What an awesome idea to do the princess seams at the back.

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  12. This is a perfect transitional season piece, it looks great and all the details look really professional - those welt pockets!

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