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Vintage Vest from Vintage Fabric

I’ve really been trying to complete projects I’ve already started or planned, but sometimes I get sidetracked. This was a pretty easy project, and a good entry point for (hopefully) more garment construction in the future.

I finally got around to repairing my son’s jeans when I noticed a hunk of really nice denim in my stash. I wondered what I could do with it – it was less than a yard, so not enough for a skirt. I looked for patterns in my catalog and found a simple vest pattern. This is Simplicity 7320, which is actually for sale in my shop.

For the print side I found this adorable material in my huge pile of patriotic prints that I had purchased from a quilting group for making masks back in 2020. The fun part is that the sewing pattern is from 1996, and the print is by Fabric Traditions from 1995, so they’re from the same era.

At this point I knew the vest was not for me. I like it a lot, but it’s just not my style. I thought of a friend going through some stuff who might appreciate and wear it to local festivals or out walking.

To that end, I embroidered some red, white, and blue hearts on the denim side, to make it less boring and let my friend know she is loved and cared for. The cross-stitch patterns are from The Cross Stitch Motif Bible by Jan Eaton.

I think it came out pretty cute!

BTW, this vest is modeled by Molly the Mannequin. I don’t know what I would do without her!