Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Butterick 6389 - A Vest


I love these loose floaty vests and when I saw Butterick 6389, I knew I needed to add a version of this to my wardrobe.



I bought several of these boiled wools from Fabric Mart years ago. At the time I wanted to use them to make short cardigan jackets to go over dresses for the very professional job. So I was thrilled to find new life for them now.

This is a simple sew because it's a loose fitting garment. Choose your size, I used an XXL, cut it out and sewed it up. That's what I did but there was something missing. It was kinda plain.

I let it hang overnight and when I looked at it in the morning the armholes that were kinda long had grown. I'm sure it's because I didn't use the facings that are in the pattern. The facings that I saw no need for definitely had a purpose. Also, the next morning the vest seemed unnecessarily large in some areas. 

To fix this, I took the side seams in some. Then I added a fusible interfacing to the armhole seams that I turned in and stitched down. Instead of hemming the vest, I serged around the edge twice to finish. Oh one more thing, even though I cut the pocket pieces out, I sewed the vest up without them. I realized that I didn't really care if I had them or not so left them off and I never missed them when I wore this to work on Monday.

I also left the collar seam unfinished. The pattern tells you to do a french seam on the collar seam but my fabric was really thick and I just didn't feel like wrestling with it. Since I was going with an unfinished hemline, showing the unfinished collar seam just seems part of the theme.

Here is the finished vest ~





In the above picture I wore the vest with a belt to emulate the pattern envelope. I may or may not wear the belt but it does work for me. Lately I'm more casual and like the loose and flowing look better!  

This was a quick and stylish addition to my wardrobe.  Worn with a thick turtleneck or one of my cashmere sweaters, it will be warm enough for the cold days ahead. I may make a version of the turtleneck that's included in the pattern because I love turtlenecks. However, right now I have button down shirts on the mind so that's what's on my cutting table.

...as always more later!


19 comments:

  1. Chic vest. I, too, like to wear flowing vests as they can give a finished look to a simple knit top and leggings. Karen

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  2. Layering at its best...you look so cute and comfy and toasty!

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  3. How chic! You have incredible style! Your posts are always interesting and fun to read. Thank you!

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  4. Did you say button down shirts? Gosh, I wish I could find some that fit in the stores. I've had a hankering for one for years now.--Louise

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  5. This has a really nice look! I love reading your blog.

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  6. I love it! Especially with the belt. It looks really cute and stylish.

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  7. Hi there, I just found your blog through Blogglovin and I am thrilled to have made your acquaintance, your blog is amazing and I am so glad you share your love with us all...hope to keep reading your posts and following you on your amazing sewing journey...I especially love the oonaloona fat-quarter dress...it is beautiful..again, thanks so much, it is a pleasure. Abby

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  8. I too found you through Bloglovin. This looks like a fun pattern. I enjoyed reading your blog and I'm a new follower.

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  9. I love it belted! it looks so slimming.

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  10. Just the right fabric, color and fit!

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  11. Liking both looks! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. I love the end result! I think the vest looks fabulous with or without the belt!

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  13. That looks very toasty! A great style, and it looks wonderful on you.

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  14. Great vest. It makes you look thinner and taller. Not kidding!

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  15. I love the vest and love easy sewing projects.

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  16. You have inspired me to dig out my pattern of this vest and give it a go. Love the belted look on you!

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  17. I love the royal blue and the grey vest. Beautiful.

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