3 hours ago
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Ok, it's not really a tuxedo, just a vest, but I didn't want to wait until tomorrow and post "Waistcoat Wednesday." Also, I wore it today (and finished it in the wee hours this morning), so it's a Tuesday piece.
This is the top half of an outfit I'm making from the same fabric as the jumper I posted about a while back (the bottom will just be a simple pencil skirt -- the height of librarian chic). It's McCall's 5186 and my first foray into structured clothing. I made a muslin first to get the fit just right because my measurements put me in 3 or 4 different pattern sizes. Once I got started, I didn't want to stop until I finished, so I was up until after 3 a.m. sewing it up. I do need a tailor's ham to help press it better, and this morning I sewed the buttons on a bit unevenly, so I'll need to redo that, but overall I'm quite proud of it.
Making a mockup out of muslin really helped work out some of the tricky parts, and helped me decide what changes I wanted to make. I made the back out of the same fabric as the front, rather than from the lining fabric the pattern called for, and I think it gives it a nicer look.
Perfect for Tuxedo Tuesday.