Tonight, after our little photo shoot, I started skipping down the hallway sing-songing "I'm gonna make so many vests, I'm gonna make so many vests". Because now that I've finally made one, I might just have to make them all.
The theme this fortnight was Menswear, and I thought about making something for Dan, but I settled on something for me instead. And vests are definitely menswear inspired. I decided on 1930's as I seem to be all about the 30's this year, and I remembered seeing some that I liked. Turned out, when I went back to find those examples, they weren't actually there. 1930's fashion was much more feminine than the 1920's, and in the end, I only found one example. A vest included in a 1933 pattern for a 4-piece Tuxedo Ensemble. Definitely menswear inspired.
But it pairs perfectly with my wide-legged trousers, especially as I constructed it with material I had leftover from the pants.
I did make a quick mock-up, as I wasn't using a pattern, or at least not one meant for a women's body. I've drafted several garments for Dan from Men's Garments 1830-1900, and they've all been really great, so I figured I'd just start with one of their vest patterns and see what happened.
I did have to make some modifications in the end, but as it's just a vest, using a men's pattern turned out to be a perfectly fine starting place. And the mock-up fabric for the front panels were scraps of old jeans of Dan's, so there's just menswear all over the place.
And here's the final product:
Pretending to be Lois Lane (an excellent suggestion by Dan):
And showing off my tiny faux-pocket.
The Challenge: Menswear
Fabric: Green wool left over from my recent 1930's trousers, and brushed black cotton left over from this summer's 1930's shorts
Pattern: started with a draft from Men's Garments 1830-1900
Year: early to mid 1930's
Notions: Just 4 (unfortunately) plastic buttons
How historically accurate is it? Fine, except for the buttons. Maybe someday I'll find some nice glass ones.
Hours to complete: 7.5 including drafting and mock-up
First worn: Tonight for photos. But I already have several occasions I plan on wearing it.
Total cost: The green was counted in an earlier challenge, same for the black, and the buttons were $4. So $4 (kinda).