Went up to my friend Nancy's in Vancouver Washington. We shopped in Portland and found this Japanese gauze. I had never sewed with it before and it went quite well. We both eyed this Tina Given pattern and decided to spend a day sewing together. She had another fabric to make her top and we had a great time sewing together.
I cut off the shaggy edge of the selvage and placed it in the seam between the bodice and sleeve. Gave a nice detail.
This was the label that I made for the back at the neck on the outside just below the collar. I included some of the selvage in the label.
This was the first time I have sewn with a Tina Given pattern. I learned that the directions are not for a beginner. The directions are very sketchy.
I have a lot of fun with Marcy's patterns. Most of the time they are a challenge with all of her pieces. I had some cotton knit and then purchased another cotton print knit in Scotland and they matched. I didn't have enough of one, so combining them worked. The pattern was not meant for knits, but it worked well. I didn't use the facings and just served the edges.
I used variegated thread on the serger and a friend gave some buttons from her stash.
I actually made this last winter, but never got it photographed. I had a piece of wool that I had gotten from a estate sale and it fit perfectly for this vest.
I had some trim that I had bought in France that I used on the front and the pockets.
I had some gold braid that I added to the shoulders and back seam.
I put the pockets welts in not the same place on each side, so added buttons to the top of one side and the bottom of the other side. Then I hoped the viewers eye would go to the buttons instead of noticing that they were not in the same place on each side. Our mistakes do push us to get out of our boxes.
I made my own bias for the inside seams and armhole.
The pattern comes in at the bottom and I brought it out about two inches so it wouldn't fit so tight around the legs.