Hello everyone, it’s Li again!
This time we made a fall/winter duster vest from the pattern Simplicity 8177 with the help of Mimi G’s sew along video tutorial. I have been wanting to have a long vest for the upcoming cold season.
To match up with autumn/winter season, we chose different shades of brown for our fabrics. El got these fabrics from a thrift store where she purchased a whole bunch of fabrics for a total of $5. Honestly, I don’t know how she does it, but she always fine things for the cheap! Even though they were cheap, these fabrics were of good quality. I wish I can tell you the name of the fabrics that we used, but I don’t really know. I only know that these fabrics are medium weight.
I chose the pattern size 12 and El chose pattern size 14. We are both around 5ft 3”, so I shortened mine about 4” and El shortened hers about 3.5”. I really liked the length of the vest after the adjustment. I thought there will be set-in pockets, but no, those were just decorative flaps. The pockets were actually on the sides.
The instructions on this pattern were alright, but Mimi G’s video tutorial helped tremendously. For example, I had problems with understanding the instruction about the vent and finishing the hemline, but after watching her video a couple times, I was able to figure out what I needed to do.
Another problem I encountered was that the facings for the neck and shoulder wouldn’t stay in place even when I pressed and Pressed and PRESSED. They were just too stubborn. So I chose to slip-stitch in place, but El cheated. She used fusible tape. It took her like 3 minutes to finish all of them. When I finished slip-stitching, the slip-stitching of the facing was showing on the right side of the back, so I ended up having to un-stitch and taped mine just like El did. Yeah, shortcuts are not always bad.
The only technical mistake that I made this time was burning the facing of the band. Actually, EL burnt her fabric too! Haha! Thank God that it was on the inside of the garment, so no one can tell except us. But we will be careful next time with ironing. I hope one day there will be an iron that will be burnt-proofed, when it’s produced, I will definitely get one.
Overall I was really happy with my vest. I just have to find a way to stay warm in the cold winter.
P.S. – you are loved!