It’s always a treat to make a pattern designed by Diane Ericson, and the new Ashland Vest is no exception. Her patterns are just more than a typical pattern. More creativity, more ways of sewing up the project, and more detailed options to use on this pattern or others. Each pattern is a lesson in sewing and finding one’s own voice, and not just copying Diane’s work. She encourages fearless creativity, and with those thoughts in mind my BSF and I opened up the pattern last week.
After taking a good look at the pattern and dimensions we decided to make a medium, and I think that was the right choice for us. Another might want a roomier feel and make a large. We also chose to use the front piece with a dart. Thanks to Diane for providing this option! I went to my stash and found two wonderful woven Japanese cottons and then a lovely brick-red striped linen for the lining. The Japanese cottons are different but beautiful on both sides, so that made 4 coordinating fabrics! In addition I turned them 90° to emphasize the differences.
BTW, the cottons are a dark brown and the linen has a black stripe. They look great together! There’s no need to get out a magnifying glass to match colors.
The pocket is exactly from the pattern, and there are no alterations except in the lapel. One pattern option is a wavy edge fold-over lapel exposing the lining. When finished, my stripe produced an optical illusion and the wavy edge just looked crooked rather than wavy. I had trimmed, clipped and pressed, and eventually decided for more wave. The shoulders were now finished so I couldn’t easily go back in to sew stronger curves at the seam. I was almost out of the linen (a bias strip would have worked well), and no other fabric looked good. Plan B, I made several matching strips from the leftover linen (there are seams to make it long enough). Then I serged a rolled hem on each side and slightly gathered the strips. I placed the desired curves on the lapel and stitched it down to the edge. Great…a tailored vest with a ruffled edge. Didn’t work for me. I then just stitched down the loose edge so there is more structure. I like it, and in fact now think the bit of pucker adds a strong edge to the lapel.
Love your creation! Inspirational.
Could this be made using 4ply silk in a solid color?
I’m sure silk would be lovely. There are options in the pattern to add interfacing if needed.
Nice save with the wave! I dearly love the pocket too. The vest looks very comfy and wearable. Excellent job, Wendy!
Thanks, the pocket is in the pattern with an option of turning it into a very cute purse!
Your vest is beautiful! Those fabrics are like a magic trick! Very inspiring!
Those fabrics waited in my stash for 5 years, before the perfect pattern.
Wendy, I love it. The shape and the fabrics ….among your very best. What fun!
Thanks Louise. Are we going to see you at a DOL again? The soonest I may go is next Spring.
Another pattern you have made me want to try! This is a hit. I bet it’s comfortable, too. I like that it’s understated but has character!
I know you love vests….;-)