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


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.


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

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

  3. Cuuuute! And woohoo for light after work!

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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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