Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Reversible Vest - Outfit One

When I cut out the Tamarack Jacket, I knew I had just enough of the Kanthra Quilt left to make a vest. In my mind, it was always a vest because the fabric was too thick to use as anything else.  As an aside, my Tamarack Jacket was one of my most worn garments this winter!

However, I got the idea to make this vest reversible from Secondo Piano's blog. She made this amazing jacket and I loved how she handled the pocket situation so I incorporated her pocket idea into my vest. See I really wanted those inset pockets in my vest but I wanted the vest to be reversible so that I could use both sides of the last of that amazing quilt.

The challenge was to figure out how to make my idea work. I once again turned to my topper pattern pieces. I believe this will be my final evolution of Vogue 1247.

The Supply List ~
Last of the Kanthra Quilt
Gray Bemberg Rayon for pocket lining
Yards of Linen Bias Binding - made by me

Some Construction Information ~
Since this is a vest, I cut the armholes a little deeper in the front and back pieces. I didn't put the darts in the vest front and worried about the lack of them until I tried the vest on half way through and it seems to work. The edges of the vest front are the finished edge of the quilt. I used it so that I didn't have to worry about how to make the front edges reversible.

All seams are french seamed so that the vest is reversible. Making the french seams was a little challenging due to the width of the fabric.  However, this technique hid the seaming since the fabric is so busy.

Otherwise the construction was pretty easy. After determining that I wanted the lighter side (the Tamarack Jacket side) as the side to have the invisible pockets, I cut extra large pockets from the darker fabric.

These pockets were finished with a dark blue linen bias binding and stitched to the jacket front. 

Again the good thing about this fabric is that the stitching fades into the busy pattern of the quilt on the opposite side.

The linen bias binding was added to the armholes and the neckline - folded in half and sewn down on both sides so that it works with the reversibility of the vest.

Those are the construction highlights. So here are a few pictures of the vest:

First the darker side of the vest ~

Then the lighter side ~

Since the temperatures are still up and down, 70's one day and high 50's another, I think I will be able to get at least one wear out of this before I put it away for the fall. I was uncertain about this when I finished it but looking at the photographs I'm thrilled with it now.  Even my daughter was complimentary about this one. 

BTW, I think I've evolved V1247 as far as I can take it! Skirt to dress to topper to vest is quite a journey! Now that the temperatures are going up, I'm moving on.  This pattern and it's editions are going back into the file folder and maybe I'll look at it again next fall or maybe not!

...as always more later!


  1. I love it! It looks great on you--fantastic work!

  2. Great vest and love the reversible detail.

  3. Love it! You can wear in many seasons!

  4. Great vest that looks fabulous on you. Love that blue color.

  5. I can't resist a Kantha quilt garment, so combined with your fitting and sewing skills, this one is perfect!

  6. I really like the versatility of this vest! Great job as always!

  7. I have been wanting to do a jacket like this ever since I first saw Hiedi Klumm's several years ago. I got a couple of these quilts off Amazon, and I just haven't done it yet. This is brilliant! Making it as a vest is a great idea, I seem to seeing vests all over and yours looks so versatile you look so chic in it.
    Once again, you've given me inspiration. .

  8. I have had a Kantha quilt in my eBay "cart" for months now. You have really used this one beautifully. Thanks for all the details....and for fabric enabling;-)

  9. I love what you have done with this quilt. I loved your tamarak jacket (was actually thinking about purchasing the pattern the other day based on your make) and now the vest! Such a lovely evolution of an idea - you have totally made it work for you and your Chico's Chic wardrobe! g

  10. I love reading your posts and seeing what you are sewing.
    I have to say that this topper is just fab. I love the colours and the style - I love it!

    Can't wait to see what's up next :)

  11. Brilliant vest, love how it is reversible.

  12. Has to be said - that vest looks amazing on you!

  13. Love it!!! As my body gets fluffier with this wonderful aging process vests have become my new friend.

  14. What a great vest! It's so cool!

  15. Not only is the vest wonderful (great fabric) but the color is exceptionally flattering on you. A winner all around!


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