Today we’re going to look at the details of a vintage brown cotton-velvet vest from ‘The Branch – Div of Joshua Tree.’ I like the tag on this one a lot, because when I lived at home in Los Angeles my family drove through the desert quite often. Strangely enough, though, I found this vest at a Savers thrift store in San Jose, close to where we live now.
The finish on this vest is simple: the front princess seams are edge-stitched, as is the hem, neckline and arms. The inside is finished with a front facing that is interfaced and serged at the edges. The side seams and front princess seams are finished with pinking shears. The back hem, the back neckline and the arm holes are turned and sewn flat. The back has two darts, pressed towards the center.
I made this vest for Mr Rat as a Christmas gift last year. The pattern is McCall 2447, which is still in print. The instructions are clear and easy enough to follow. Mr R's vest is a size medium and fits well through the shoulders, although I think I could have taken in the sides a little more for a slimmer fit around the waist. Mr Rat says he is quite happy with it, but if you plan on making this pattern, I would advise making a muslin or at least measuring it and comparing it at the waist and ribs to decide on what size or combination of sizes you want to use. The fabric is a piece of wool tweed that I bought at a church rummage sale in Pasadena some years back. It is fully lined in olive green.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew