So, let’s start with the inspiration.
Vest over jacket
This is from Engineered Garments of Brooklyn, NY. Their editorial photo spreads are horrendous IMO, but the clothes are beautiful. I had a chance to see them at Napenthes, a store WAY too hip (and expensive!) for me in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Essentially, everything they make is about 10 times more than I would/could ever afford. Just add a zero to the price of anything and you’re there. In these instances, being able to sew is a huge advantage. After seeing the genuine article I was convinced that I could duplicate the look for a song.
More inspiration. These vests are by Junya Watanabe, his Spring 2014 collection. I love all the pockets and asymetrical detailing. A patchwork vest on Mr Porter is almost $1200. Mind boggling.
So… The Plan. — Make a Watenabe inspired vest that can be worn over my knockoff Watenabe jacket, or on its own.
I found this pattern on Etsy and was convinced that it would be perfect. I wish I had the pictures to prove it, but I couldn’t have been more WRONG! I made a quick and dirty muslin, and try as I might, I couldn’t get it to fit. I was folding it up at the bottom, folding the fronts over, putting darts in the front and back, taking in the side seams, narrowing the shoulders. It was a mess, and way too frustrating to photograph. After wasting an enormous amount of time I finally came to my senses. A true WTF sewing moment if ever there was one. Why didn’t I see that I could easily have drafted my own vest pattern based on the front and back pattern pieces of the jacket????
For some reason I’ve convinced myself that drafting a pattern is beyond my ability. Foolishness.
Within a few minutes I’d traced out a vest shape over the jacket pattern pieces and whipped up a perfectly fitting muslin.
I set about making all the bits and pieces.
Sorry, McCall’s 7816, I guess I don’t need you after all.
I’ll gladly send this pattern to anyone who might like it. It’s huge, I can barely stuff it back into the envelope. Vest, shirt and trousers — sizes 40, 42, 44.
The first coat of topside paint is going on the boat. Funny that I dislike black clothes but love black boats!
Next time a completed vest, and maybe a coat of bottom paint.