Windswept and interesting!
I’m all rugged up, wearing multiple layers of wool, for a winter beach photoshoot. It’s Sharon and my 7th annual trip with our girls to Warrnambool, and I have to say, it’s been a very wet and windy one!
The rain has allowed me to finally finish my The Assembly Line Cap Sleeve Vest. This has been a project where I have procrastinated more than I care to admit. The fabric was purchased last year, the project cut out and partially sewn in May on a sewing weekend, and then finished at the end of June. Thankfully, I am well pleased with the results.
The fabric is a double faced wool… green on one side and grey marle on the other. It was originally available in four colours, but only the pink/grey colourway remains. It’s quite a thick coating (490gsm) which is why I procrastinated so much. I was worried about my machines coping with bulky layers, which actually wasn’t a problem at all. #unnecessaryprocrastination
I did alter the construction slightly, and used less interfacing than recommended, because of the thickness of the wool. The changes included:
- Overlocking all the innards as folding back the seam allowances on the hem and facings was not an option
- Only interfacing one side of the collar
- No interfacing on the pocket flats and sleeve cuffs
- Folding the cuffs in half (wrong sides facing) and attaching them to the sleeve opening
Another reducing bulk trick I employed was to line the pocket flaps and pockets in Liberty tana lawn from deep deep stash.
I opted to hand stitch both the facings and hems in place. It wasn’t quite as invisible as I expected, but I still prefer it to a line of stitching.
You’ll have probably noticed that I haven’t gone down the snaps/buttons route yet… and I anticipate that I probably won’t!
It was my intention to sew the undercollar with the grey side facing out… but in the heat of the sewing moment I totally forgot. Does this happen to you sometimes?
I know coats with short sleeves aren’t some people’s cup of tea, but I’m very partial to a vest with warm layers underneath. I think this coat will be a great piece for work thrown over a wool skivvy, knit top or linen shirt. I like the freedom of movement when I work… both at the computer or when cutting fabric!
As always, the Assembly Line Patterns are well drafted and have great instructions. I’m wondering about making this pattern again in a heavy linen for spring.
Pattern: The Assembly Line’s Cap Sleeve Vest
Fabric: Double Faced wool from The Cloth Shop [green/grey sold out but pink/grey available]
Alterations: 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, left off snaps/buttons, and construction changes outlined in bullet points in body of post
Outfit: Jeans from Levi, orange boots from Obus (years ago), beach glass earrings by Susan Ewington Jewellery, and striped wool top (from 10 years ago) & scarf from Scarlet Jones
Photo Location: Warrnambool