Some garments are just for fun, right? I love these kind of sweeping statement vests, don’t you? I’ve seen them in stores and on fashion bloggers and they are so cool. Perhaps too cool for me, a work-at-home mommy, but too bad! I made one anyway!
I was smart enough to realize that purchasing one of these lovelies at Anthropologie for $125 would not be practical. But how about using a simple thrifted piece of linen blend and reusing a pattern I already had made before? Super easy! I used this pattern BurdaStyle Drape Cardigan 10/2014 #113, to make my blanket cardigan last year and I love that thing. I wore it quite a bit last winter and I was snuggly every time. I may not be wearing it very much in this climate — that thing is WARM — heavyweight wool and thick wool jersey sleeves. But I resurrected the pattern and just left off the sleeves for this high drama vest.
I found this metallic plaid bias tape on Etsy and it was perfect! I ordered a length of 6 yards and I had a mere 5 inches left after I attached it. It was meant to be.
I french seamed the back collar and side seams to keep control of this very fraying linen and make it pretty inside and out. The shoulder seams I just serged. No one will see the inside of the shoulder seams and it would be so difficult to french seam an inside square! The collar is cut-on and attached in an odd way. The whole vest was just one pattern piece!
And actually, it is fairly warm and substantial, and it may prove to be a useful addition to the old wardrobe in this warm climate after all. Truthfully, though, I just made it for the fun. I feel very glamorous in it! I know it is super trendy and may look silly in a season or two, but I love it today, so for now I’ll swish around in it.