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Summer Sewing Challenge - Express Yourself in Linen

Textured Linen Vest and Pants

General description:

This is my new favorite summer outfit!  The vest was made using Vogue pattern V8430, the pants are Vogue pattern V8499, view C.

The Vest

The inspiration for the vest was the September Threads’ article – “Sew a Unique Textured Vest.”  Instead of sewing open seams on the outside of the vest, I opted for lapped seams with a ¼” overhang, 3/8” under, and a contrast bias-cut of 100% sheer viscose.  The viscose does double-duty as an interior seam finish and as an exterior decorative contrast on the vest segments.  To do all that, the viscose was cut 2″ wide.

Decorative and edge stitching on the vest was done in red, copper, and gold Sulky rayon thread.  I used the viscose for a Hong Kong finish on the collar part of the vest shoulder seams.  I used the black linen for contrast on the right collar.

The Pants

I will be wearing the pants with many other tops so I opted for a more finished look – seams and edges.   Inside the pants, graded seams were pinked, non-graded seams were zig-zagged (this linen is very prone to raveling great distances), the back waistline and hems have Hong Kong edge finishes. 

Decorative stitching in red, copper, and gold Sulky was done on the bottom right leg.  Other more utilitarian top-stitching on the darts, leg seams, waistline was done using brown polyester thread for contrast. 




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    Sewista | | #1

    Love it! Your execution is very creative. I really like the one legged stitching on the pants.

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