Pattern: Burdastyle Franzi Vest
Pattern Description: Cropped Lined Vest
Pattern Sizing: Size 34-44, I upsized to a 46 and petited the pattern using BWOF measurements
Fabric Used: A woven with stretch and poly for the lining
Notions Used: 3/4″ buttons
Pattern Alterations: Petite Alterations, left out the faux pockets
- I love Love LOVE this vest. I have already worn it two times and need to make more shirts that match it so that I can wear it even more.
- This pattern was easy peasy despite the fact that it took me forever to finish because of my need for the perfect buttons
- Speaking of perfect buttons, I searched high and low for buttons and finally just settled with the buttons I have. However, I was not in love with them until they accidentally fell over upside down on my vest and I saw the near shimmery, near perfect color match on the underside. BINGO!! So the secret is…turn over those buttons, you never know what you will get 🙂
- The pattern is FREE!!! Gotta love free and the gracious nature of the Burdastyle designers. I think the fit and sizing is almost, if not exactly, the same as BWOF. I know I petited a cropped vest, but if I hadn’t it would have really hung low on me like a real vest.
- I like my contrasting topstitching and the turned out lapel. I contemplated not turning out the lapel and going with the more subdued gray but then I realized that this was a cropped vest so showmanship is the way to go. I think it really makes the vest
- My lining fabric was a little hard to work with, nothing major, just had to really pay attention to not snagging or running the fabric while sewing.
- Bust darts. I really hate pointy bust darts. I used to think it was my sewing ability and would sew and resew in the hopes of the point going away. However, this I stumbled on this tutorial and I thought OHHH Duh! I am still working on getting them right but practice hopefully makes perfect.
- The roll line on my lapel was a bit of a pain because I did not mark it at all because I wasn’t planning on turning out the lapels. Not a biggy at all.
- That this vest has thrown be into a vest spiral. I have to make more MORE I TELL YOU!! More of these and more of others. I have a slew of patterns to get to. I hope this vest craze does not die out too soon 🙂
P.S. If you haven’t figured it out yet, you can always tell how much I love a project by how many pictures I take. I figure it is more temptation for you to make it 😀