Simply the Vest

March 28, 2017   /   byPeter Lappin  / Categories :  Feeds

Readers, there is a certain kind of man who looks really good in a vest.

Alas, I am not that man.

That said, last week in my menswear patternmaking class at FIT we drafted a men's vest from scratch.  Our assignment, due tomorrow, was to sew up the vest using muslin for the front (and front facings) and cotton shirting for the back and inside lining.


Since we didn't really get into the details of the breast pocket beyond drafting the welt, we are to simply draw the welt on the left front of the vest.

I finished my vest today.  It isn't my size but then, not being a vest person, I wouldn't wear it anyway.  Still, I'm happy with it.

Front (sans drawn-on welt):


Back:


Inside:


For the lining, I used scraps of cotton shirting left over from an earlier shirt project.  I like the way the purple gingham and Hawaiian fish print look with the muslin. 

Believe it or not, though I have sewn everything from bathing suits to overcoats, the vest is the one traditional menswear garment I had never attempted to make until now.  With the exception of sweater vests, I don't think many men wear vests anymore, do you?  Perhaps the men's vest deserves a Yea or Nay post all its own.

Regardless, I am happy to have -- if not quite conquered the vest, at least to have gotten the hang of the basic construction.


Hey, at least I can say I did my vest (he he).

Have a great day, everybody!

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