This vest is very red. My son says "Intense" and his eyebrows raise just a little too high, if you know what I mean. But, I like it. It's made with a Butterick pattern that was clear, easy to follow, had very fine results.
Mind you, I tweaked the pattern. I cannot help it. I almost never follow a pattern from begin to end without a variation and this was no exception. I decided to forgo using the facing. This pre-quilted fabric is stiff. I felt like two layers of that would be very like wearing cardboard.
So, what to do, what to do. The pattern called for using bias tape on the arm holes. I decided to outline the entire vest in bias tape. I was originally going to use a pin dot fabric and I made miles and miles of bias tape, but in the end I just couldn't do it. I don't know why exactly, normally I love any sort of polka dot, but not today and not with this vest. So, I bought packaged bias and it is good.
Have you worked with pre-quilted? Well, you end up with some pretty unattractive seams inside with all that white fleece hanging out. Originally, I was going to use some of the miles of pin dot to enclose the seams. See previous paragraph. As I sat on my sewing chair contemplating life I spotted some bargain bin ribbon I bought a year ago. Using it to encase the seams does two things:
Oh, see the zipper pull? It came off an after Christmas bargain bracelet at the grocery. I took it apart and this was one component. I just added a jump ring to attach it to a small lobster clasp.
Here's what's funny about all the pictures... They do not look like they are the same vest, with all the color variations. Oh... I love my camera. You just never know what's going to happen. hee hee.
Just in time for Valentine's ♥
Anyway, Butterick #5683. I recommend!