Cropped Houndstooth Vest

I purchased the pencil skirt below at the thrift store for $.99. It was too long for my taste, so I had to trim and hem it to a more appropriate length.

Pinned and ready to be shortened

When I realized how much material would be left, I decided that the houndstooth material would make a cute vest. So, I set about creating a pattern for a cropped vest.

I traced the top of a basic shirt pattern/sloper that I made, and got to work re-shaping the armhole, neckline and bottom of the front and back pieces.

I drafted the vest pattern, referencing the shape of the pieces of the vest below in mind. This vest is from a Burdastyle magazine, but my version would be much shorter, and more fitted.

Once I confirmed that the fit was OK, I cut out the pieces for my new vest.

Ready to cut

I had to serge some of the edges before assembling, because this fabric came apart very easily.

To ensure durability, I also serged all of the seams.

Love my serger! My grandma gave it to me when my old one broke. Thank you so much grandma! 😉

I made some fabric covered buttons to match, as well as a button tab for the back.

I recycled some fabric covered buttons I had in my stash.

It wasn’t meant to be though. My Jack Russell chewed the buttons up when we were out one day (It’s partially my fault; I think I left them on the edge of the coffee table). So I had to put finishing the vest on hold until I found replacement buttons.

But who could stay mad at this face?

I found and removed some buttons from a dress (which I’m also turning into a vest).

I added facing and interfacing to the button plackets, and attached the button tab and buttons to the back.

Finally, it was time to attach the lining to the vest.

Getting ready to pin the lining to the vest.

I then sewed three buttons to the vest.

I’m going to add hand stitched buttonholes whenever I have down-time in the evenings. So, it may be a while before those are completed. However, it still looks cute unbuttoned, and I’ll probably wear it that way for a little while.

It looks cute with the skirt or with Jeans.

I made the vest in such a way that it can be reversible.

I wasn’t sure about the skirt at first, but I’m surprised at how flattering it is on me.

Although, I’m not sure how many places I can actually wear it, because of how tight it is on my backside. :0

I just love the fabric covered button closure at the waist though.

Oh yeah, and as you can see, I chose teal for the lining. It really was tough because I liked both colors, though I was leaning towards teal the whole time (I am a sucker for any shade of blue).

Thanks so much for all of your input. I will be sure to use that burgundy for another upcoming project. I think I may use it for another little vest or jacket, made from this material.

This material was given to me by a sweet lady at church. It's not quite as bright as it appears in the picture.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the mayhem that Newton is capable of.

No, that is not a disheveled ball of yarn. It is in fact our area rug. :/

Disclaimer to anyone thinking about adopting a Jack Russell: owning a Jack Russell is not for the faint of heart.

They’re fabulous dogs, but you’ve really got to have patience (because they’re stubborn) and a willingness to spend a lot of time exercising and training them (because they’re hyper and very intelligent).  Luckily, I knew what I was getting into, and I enjoy the challenge of training him. 🙂

  1. frk.bustad

    November 3, 2010 at 10:41 am

    It’s a forgeous skirt! Perfect length and perfectly figure-hugging if you ask me! I also love the combination with the vest you manage to sew from the extra fabric. Looks very nice together with the skirt.

    1. frk.bustad

      November 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

      ahem, GORGeous, not forgeous…

    2. verityclothing

      November 5, 2010 at 9:18 am

      Thank you! 🙂 You’re so sweet.

  2. Ronni

    November 14, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Just found your link through New Dress a Day……Very cute, it flatters your shape. I like your style!

    1. verityclothing

      November 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

      Thank you so much, doll! 🙂

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