It’s prom time! Between traveling and that, what little sewing time I’ve had has been devoted to others. I made a belt for my friend’s daughter using a pearl and crystal trim from M&J backed with black petersham ribbon. It doesn’t warrant a review, but I’ll see if I can get a picture on her tomorrow night.
The other thing I’ve worked on is a vest and bow tie for DS the Younger. I had an old pattern, Vogue 2826 (long out of print) that I have used many times before, but it didn’t have a vest, so we got him this one.
Pattern Description: From the website, MEN’S VEST, CUMMERBUND, POCKET SQUARE AND TIES: Vest A includes sizes S-M-L-XL-XXL and has welt pockets. View A and Cummerbund B are lined. Pocket Square C. Bias-cut Ties D,F are 3″ wide and Ties E,G are 3 1/2″ wide. Views F,G have contrast band. Bow Tie H. Pre-tied Bow Tie I.
I made the vest A and the “pre-tied” bow tie I.
Sizing: S-XXL. I made a medium at the chest and shoulders, tapering to a small at the waist. Oh, to be 17 and the swim team captain…
Available as a PDF? No
Fabric Used: Blue and gold printed quilting cotton. I know, I know. But he had a specific color in mind, and he wanted sparkle to it. This one fit the bill, so there you go. Lining fabric that has been in my stash for who knows how long.
Machines and Tools Used: Home Pfaff sewing machine.
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle, Pro Weft Supreme Light Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, buttons, hooks, eyes, thread.
Also, I’m not sure this is worth writing a tip for, but if you are ever working with a dark, or heavily patterned, low-contrast fabric like this one, a great way to find all the stray threads on it is to use a bright LED flashlight. It’ll reveal even the most matchy-matchy rogue threads.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were okay. Just to try something different, I decided to use the standard Vogue instructions way of making welts, rather than my own Tried-and-True Method for Making Welt Pockets. You know what? The standard Vogue instruction way sucks. You are flying blind for much of it, making it difficult to achieve precise results. I ended up throwing out one whole side of the vest and re-making it using my way of doing welt pockets.
Construction Notes: Speaking of welts, I decided to narrow the welt on the pocket a bit. I found the narrower width more aesthetically pleasing. The pattern calls for sew-in interfacing, but I used fusible, and block-fused all pieces. I used a 2.5mm stitch length and 17mm buttonholes (automatic).
Likes/Dislikes: This is an easy pattern. I like the vest, and I think DS the Younger will like it when he tries it on. It’s not a standalone vest – it doesn’t have a back, just a back belt and halter, but it will look great under a tux. The tie is a faux-bow tie – it’s basically two rectangles of fabric that are pinched in the middle and tacked together with a band wrapped around the middle, then sewn to the neckband. I don’t care for that method. I’ve made real bow ties and I like those better. But this will do for a high school prom. I have enough fabric left over that I may remake the bow tie the “real” way for him.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? If the occasion arises, sure. This was a pretty easy pattern, it’s well drafted and it turned out nicely. I would prefer it in a nice silk, but hey, I wasn’t sewing for me. I wouldn’t make the version of the tie that I made here, though if you are in a time crunch and you need a bow tie, they don’t get much easier than this.
Conclusion: A good pattern, easy to sew. And I’m Hero Mom for making it for him! Here are some shots on Shelley, who has vastly different measurements than he does. I’ll get pictures on him tomorrow night.