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