I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday and extended weekend! We hosted Thanksgiving day dinner at our house for about 40+ family members and friends. We had a great time. The following day, my husband and I decided to take a moment away from the house and go out for a casual night out locally. The weather was perfect to pull out my beloved faux fur vest that had actually been sitting in my “unfinished” project pile until recently.
The vest had been left incomplete for more than 4 or 5 years. When @bimplepimble presented their November 30-day instagram post challenge…I was reminded of this vest as an UFO (unfinished object). I see so many faux fur vest in the market. My long awaited version was ideal and so on trend this season.
VEST: DIY (self-drafted) similar HERE and HERE | SHIRT: Banana Republic HERE | DENIM: GAP (last season) similar HERE | NECKLACE: Banana Republic (sold out) similar HERE | HANDBAG: Rebecca Minkoff HERE |BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman
Why was I sitting on this project for so long? I think that part of the reason was because I did not use a pattern for the vest. When I stopped working on it a few years ago, I was too lazy to go back and finish the lining…lol! Needless to say, this time around I was too lazy to take the vest apart to trace the pattern pieces. I chose to trace the lining pieces while the vest was left in tact (so there was a slight shift in the lining vs the outershell).
Another issue that I had to address was that I had some missing beads on the beaded trim. I had an extra piece of trim that I was able to use to replace some of the beads. I originally purchased about 4 yards of the beaded trim. I purchased the fabric from an upholstery fabric store (it was originally intended for an ottoman project). I used about 2 yards of fabric. The vest was lined with a leopard print lining found at Joann’s fabric (about 2 yards).
As I mentioned above, I did not use a pattern to make this vest. If I were to suggest a pattern, I would suggest Simplicity 1284. Cut View C slightly below the hip line. For the bottom portion, use the bottom of the View C and cut to the desired length. Add ribbon/beaded trip between the top and bottom sections. Cut the lining in the same manner (cut lining fabric the same width and length as the trim).
There were a few fit issues with the lining…but I did not want to stress over it. Instead of attaching the bottom hem of the outershell and the bottom of the lining, I left the lining loose at the hem. Overall, I was very pleased with the outcome.
I would love to hear your thoughts!