My goal for this weekend was to make a vest with a skirt that was to big for me (yea!). It wasn't, however, big enough to make the front and back. So I added a cord skirt that I had made that was also to big for me and didn't fit well. And then I needed a lining so I went exploring in my stash and found this:
This is a vest that I made 5 or 6 years ago with the same pattern I had just used to cut my vest pieces out of. It had ended up in the stash because it was too light of a fabric to fit me well. So then I thought, why not use the plaid as a lining, why not make the vest reversible? So off to the sewing machine I went to sew all the edges together, thinking now I need to come up with binding.
Of course, it wasn't that easy. The vests were different sizes (seam allowances I suppose). So I sewed them together and trimmed off the extra fabric. And it still didn't fit right in the front. I decided that the bottom of this pattern just doesn't work for me. So I cut it off:
Much better. Of course, I now have to decide what to do with the bottom. I'm thinking a ruffle with some black velvet I have in my stash. And several small buttons spaced close together for a closure.
It will have to wait until next week though. In the meantime, I was reminded about several things this morning. One was that some patterns will just never work, even if they are a style that should. Another thought is that I really need to think about the weight of the fabrics I pick out and how they might be used. And another thought was that my muse is a risk taker and really should think ahead more often. Hmm... maybe not, maybe it leads to more creative paths.