I've been a busy bee this year, and I've grossly neglected my blog. However, I have posted my projects on my other pages so you can see what I've been up to here, here, here & here. Next year, I'll do better, I promise.
I decided to leave 2014 on a high note and show you all a vest that I made for my brother.
It was his design concept and I just did all the heavy lifting, like drafting, sample making, and construction.
Please note that I've never taken a formal pattern drafting class. I've picked up what I know from years of sewing, viewing videos, blogs, tips, etc..but primarily by the grace of God.
I think that my techniques are somewhat unconventional at times as I often modify commercial patterns to avoid having to create a sloper, but as long as it gets the job done I do what I feel works.
Case in point:
My brother decided to pick out his own fabrics. Well… he picked a STRETCH velvet and a silver lame jacquard paisley fabric. I cringed, but I ended up interfacing the velvet and it stabilized it quite well and the lame was a good complement to the velvet.
The cut is made up of asymmetrical concave curves that I traced on the muslin. I added double welted pockets at the waist and a single welt upper left pocket. The buttons are clear acrylic fashion buttons which add a bit of sparkle. The lining is a poly lining.
I have to add that my brother is a musician, so the drama in this vest is on point.
It took about 4 days total between fittings and pattern revisions and the final look, but I love the result.
He's ready to party!
|Drafted pattern from a commercial vest pattern adding several modifications. |
Here I was creating style lines for the separate neck band and hem band.
|I cut off the neckband and hem band pieces along the style lines I drew, then added seam allowances |
back and voila!, a Muslin. Success!
|Left front layout. Welt pockets sewn in and looking good. It's coming along nicely.|
|After adding the neck and hem bands. I think it's gonna work.|
|Brother approved. Open posture indicates that he is pleased.|
You'd never know that this is stretch velvet.
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Stay tuned for 2015....there's more to see.