I sewed a relatively small amount this weekend...as evidenced by the fact that this simple vest is not done. Here is where it stands:
I called the vest simple because there are only three pieces needed to complete this look...but being plus sized...vests and jackets that aren't in my size always present fitting challenges. And this was no different...I know that very few women can sew a garment straight from the pattern envelope and I guess I'm just angry with myself that I solved one fitting challenge and created another.
What is my challenge? This:
I was going for a look that is closer to the neckline. However, when I added inches to the front of the vest by adding a band, I widened the neckline of the finished garment. Now at the time, I didn't think about this. I dutifully added the same inches to the neckband and was actually proud of myself that I remembered to increase the width of the neckband. But the three inches that I increased the neckband is exactly what took it from closer fitting to cowl neck.
Now don't get me wrong, this is a cute look. Different from what I was going for and it probably will be a great piece in my work wardrobe. It's just not what I planned on making. I'm thrilled that it fits around my body and is a great length. I'm just going to have to work out another way to add width to the body of the vest without affecting the neckline.
I also found some great buttons in the collection to go on this.
It has a little bit of black/white and gray in it. It adds something to the front of the vest but not too much. So all that's left to complete this is to finish the armholes, I'm going to use a black knit binding to do that...make the buttonholes, sew on the buttons and hem it. Probably about an hour or two worth of work...but I just got discouraged when I came up with another "Carolyn Original" instead of a knock-off of the JJill vest.
My daughter thinks it's really cute so I will finish it and take pics of me in it so you can judge for yourself. I think I will even wear it on a Friday with a black turtleneck and black pants. But it's not exactly what I was going for...so I'm back to the drawing board.
...as always, more later!