|Polo, J Jill
I actually bought a 6 1/2″ yds piece white corded cotton from FFC so that I could sew this…but have not done it yet! I decided to mull over the pattern (picture me mulling over pattern) and then do a muslin first. ‘Cause the corded cotton was expensive!
I am so stingy. I had a little over a yard of Kona cotton in black. I love Kona cotton. It is 4.3 oz. per yard and has a wondrous hand and slight sheen. Perfect for lightly structured garments, bags, purses, kid’s things – and this vest. And I liked having it in my stash soooo much that I very reluctantly sacrificed it to this project!
A back view first then what I did!
|Pants, Vogue 8584 Loose Fitting Pants
Fabric, Calico, Holly Lobby
I think Cynthia got the peplum just right – sassy.
|Skirt, Kwik Sew 3914 Pleated Skirt
Sandals, Chinese Laundry
I redrafted her lovely vest to be a vest/blouse combo, by making a few very easy alterations. I just do not like necklines above my collarbones! I like scoop or v-neck bodices – I think they are so much more flattering and so pretty to style.
Here is the front pattern with my drafting marks to (1) create a buttoned vest/blouse, rather than one that meets and ties at the front center, and (2) restyle the front neck to a v-neckline suitable to a buttoned blouse or vest. (I am gritting my teeth, but not inclined to fight this…I cannot get this photo to rotate!)
I used the existing cutting line as my new seam line. This left fabric to the outside of center front.
Then I added a 5/8″ seam line to the new front edge.
I used another pattern (BurdaStyle 2011/09#128) to determine the start point and angle of my new neckline.
My newly redrafted front piece on top of the original pattern:
More pics! I just love it! And will be sewing it with the beautiful sleeves that comes with the pattern and as a sleeveless blouse in many cherished fabrics.
|The gathers in the center back are from my having made a 1 1/4″ broad back adjustment in the upper back and simply gathering the fabric into the peplum. Worked very well.|