Hero Vest in Anna’s Garden

Once again, I have shamelessly ripped off another blogger’s project. Thanks Kirsty!
IMG_5312How is it that we have not all ripped off her idea to make a quilted Liberty vest?

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I adore how this vest has turned out, though during construction I was a little concerned. Would this be floral chic, or quilting nana? My mum, a quilting nana, assured me it was not her style and therefor I have deemed it floral chic.

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As mentioned in the title, I used the Hero Vest pattern from Make it Perfect. To ensure I got the trim fit and style that I was after, I shortened the vest and raised the armscye. I didn’t use rib binding on the armscyes or pockets rather, like Kirsty, used Liberty binding.

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I purchased the metal open end zipper from The Remnant Warehouse. Disapointingly they didn’t have any that I could use in their bargain zipper bins, which normally put zippers at about 33c each. I’ve found many zippers this way, but not this time. Boo!

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The outer vest is made with a large scale Liberty print called Anna’s Garden. I lined my vest in wool flannel. I had intended on using fusible fleece, but I like that the wool produced a really soft drape to the vest. As I found with my last quilted Liberty project, the pellon does reduce the drape of the fabric once fused.

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To avoid complicating the garment, my quilting lines are minimal at about 2 inches apart horizontally.  My inside seams are bound and the hood seams are flat felled to avoid the Liberty contrast.

The Hero Vest pattern has instructions to fully enclose the zipper tape inside the garment, but with the way that I quilted and constructed my vest, this wouldn’t work, so I just bound the zipper tape inside the vest in Liberty binding. I think I prefer this look. The other downside to my haphazard construction method is that my waist binding seam is also not enclosed within the lining, rather it is just serged in place.

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Overall I’m really pleased with the project. It took a while to complete, largely due to my massive work load at school and home, but now its done. I’m yet to test it out in public. The temp is only just starting to drop here in Sydney, though Autumn is definitely coming. Time to start my coat and perhaps some more work trousers.

Gabriola

My maxi skirt love continues. I just can’t help myself!

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After making a number of Burda maxi skirts, I felt that a really swishy, fuller skirt was needed in my wardrobe.

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The Gabriola pattern by Sewaholic is a well drafted maxi with maximum swish. The bias panels on the front allow the skirt to hug nicely around the hips, but does lead to a little bubbling on the side seams I found.

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I started making this skirt in January during the school holidays, but when I left it to hang for 24 hours so the bias could stretch out, I found that I accidentally left it to hang for over 24 days. Why rush? I’m sure it won’t drop any more right?

IMG_5289I also really struggled with hemming this skirt by myself and ended up going to mum’s to stand on the kitchen bench for her to mark it. I still think I hemmed it a little short, but probably only a centimeter.

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The fabric was a score from Pitt Trading. It’s a Cue fabric, I think. It’s a really lovely, weighty viscose crepe. It was really lovely to work with and comfy to wear. It also doesn’t wrinkle which makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. Overall, I good addition to my wardrobe – yay!