shannon: April 2011 Archives
Wow, this is really a versatile garment. It's great for all seasons! Not only is the style versatile- the fit is versatile as well. With a fantastic drape and trendy slouch fit, this vest is great for women of all shapes and sizes. This quick and easy project is a great addition to your wardrobe! What an added bonus that this Easy Breezy Knit Pattern from Hot Patterns is free! Free is always fashionable.
Because of the way this vest drapes, I chose this Sparkle Rayon Jersey Knit fabric to show off the shimmer of this jersey knit. For the contrasting fabric in the back, I chose a black lace fabric to allow my layers to show! I also wanted to make my vest a bit on the fancier side so I can dress it up or down.
I would advise cutting and sewing your neckline and armhole trim pieces last. Like the disclaimer on the pattern states, "not all knits are created equal," so you may have to elongate OR shorten the trim pieces. Before you sew, test out how much ease will be needed to attach the armholes and neckline trim- then make any adjustments needed. Because of the stretchy knit I chose for the armholes and neckline, I actually had to re-cut longer pieces of trim so that my garment would do right. Don't make my mistake! Measure twice- cut once. And sew once! Taking a seam out and re-stitching is a pain- avoid it if you can!
I love working with knits. Having a serger is definitely convenient for knit projects, BUT a stretch stitch on a standard machine works just as well, plus you don't have to worry about the inside of your seams unraveling! Happy sewing!