I did it! I finally made something for my husband! Sewing for my husband was a long time coming and well overdue. I don't know why, but sewing for myself and my children just seems so much easier. Tackling men's wear wasn't something I thought I was ready for or quite honest, something I would do well at.
Here he is sporting his new vest made with Butterick 6339, one of the historical patterns.
My husband picked out his own fabric and I am so happy he did--it looks amazing on him!
If you think you may ever want or need a men's vest, don't wait picking this gem of a pattern up! The vest is fully lined and has welt pockets. I have made a couple of welt pockets in my sewing adventures, but didn't feel confident in sewing them with this brocade. It is not a fabric you want to make mistakes with and have to pick out your stitches.
I referred to some Youtube video tutorials. Thank goodness for the people who take time out of their day to make them for people like me who need a little extra hand holding. My welt pockets went in flawlessly!
There is a discrepancy in the pattern instructions. The pattern envelope states sew-in interfacing. However, the pattern sheets say "fuse." If you saw my last post here, you know that I have been working on vests for my children as well. This gave me an opportunity to work with different interfacing to determine what worked best for me. I definitely prefer sew-in interfacing for this project. I had never made vests before and was surprised at how much interfacing goes into one. The entire front of the vest, as well as collars and welt pocket pieces.
For my son's, I used fusible interfacing, and following pattern instructions, I fused it to both upper and under collar pieces. This caused the collar to be quite stiff and not lie flat as you can see below. This could be a result of using too heavy of an interfacing, but I did trim my seams to reduce bulk and clipped curves.
However, for my husbands, I used a single layer of sew-in interfacing for the collars, medium weight, which provided enough structure to the vest and collar pieces but not making it stiff. Also, I sewed the darts into the vest front before basting the interfacing to pieces. The pattern instructions are to place the interfacing first, but I wasn't sure how to sufficiently do that with the darts. I thought that would be really bulky in that area. This is probably just my inexperience, but what I did worked, so I am pleased with the results.
I loved matching my daughter's skirt to my husband's vest! How often can you have a Daddy/Daughter outfit? To see more about my daughter's skirt, check out my "Sewing with Brocade post" here.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley