While at the Sew-In, I also made this pattern from Cutting Line Designs, the pattern company Louise Cutting has. It’s the vest from “Discover Something Novel”. I think I will get a lot of use out of it – it’s my kind of garment.
The pattern is made to use quilting cottons or other stiffer, easy to find fabrics. I make the leap into “the good stuff” and used some Japanese furoshiki. Furoshiki are Japanese cloths used for wrapping gifts. I thought these were too pretty to tie around a box of chocolates. Everything except the purple band at the bottom was not as recommended by the pattern. How typical of the way I sew….
I hand-washed the furoshiki first, afraid their colors would run, having no idea if gift wrapping cloths were made to be laundered. They shrunk, and have a nice crepe-like texture. To make sure they didn’t stretch, I ironed lightweight fusible interfacing onto the back. Next up was fitting the pattern, which remarkably only required a couple of tweaks – take the shoulders in a bit, and add a nudge to the front. All set to sew.
The pattern also doesn’t call for a lining, but I wanted mine lined. Of course, there was no lining fabric at Casa Thunderpaws. That has been packed too! Thankfully, the Sew-In has the Sewing Sisters Boutique, a place where once loved, but no longer wanted fabrics can find a new caring home. That’s where the striped lining came from. I don’t think I could have found a better lining had I tried!
The sewing was straight forward. Shoulder seams, front band, sides. It’s a vest, after all. The bottom bands are attached last, and enclose both the lining and fashion fabric. There was just enough furoshiki for the main pieces. Nothing but scraps were left! I had to wait until I got home to sew on the label, as I forgot to bring those too! All in all, another Sew-In success!