Monday, March 19, 2012

Vogue 2657

A friend of mine, who knows I sew, recently unearthed a big box of vintage patterns and asked if I would be interested in them, as she no longer sews. Um, yes! She and her mother had fabulous taste, and were even mostly my size! There was an impressive collection of Designer Vogue patterns, all in very good condition, although many of them had been cut. She must have had a fabulous wardrobe! Anyway, I decided to use Vogue 2657 as the vest for the Wardrobe Basics SAL.
The pattern is a Valentino design, and includes full, high waisted pants a la Katherine Hepburn, a tie waist collarless jacket and this cute waist length vest with princess seaming and a deep U shaped neckline. It is self-lined and topstitched.
I used the leftover ponte knit from my pants. There was only about 3/4 yard left, so there wasn't enough for a lining as well. I decided that I was OK with that, and just turned under the neckline and armholes and used my coverstitch machine to hem everything. For the button placket, I extended the front to form a foldover facing, which I interfaced to support the buttonholes.
I decided to use white to topstitch for contrast. I think it adds a little drama to an otherwise very simple garment.
The back has a center back seam, which adds some shape at the back waist and prevents any neckline gaposis. The ponte is very forgiving fit-wise, although I did add to the princess seam and side seam for a little FBA. I only added about 1 1/2 inches all around, since I wanted a close fit.
I wore my vest with my Vogue 8747 white shirt and my McCalls 5592 white jeans. For some color, I am wearing red patent pumps (my current favorite shoes). I also think this vest will be great with some brightly colored pants, or with jeans and a colored blouse. 


  1. What a fun piece! Love the way it looks with the crisp white blouse. And what a score on the patterns!

  2. I recognize the vest, as I used to have that pattern!! It was water-damaged in a move (Germany to MO, I think), but I made the vest about 3 times. There's a lot of wearable art/embellishment opportunities, here.

    The pants are great, too!!

  3. You look fabulous and I am so jealous that I haven't gotten as far with the SAL. You have been keeping me motivated, so keep up the Great work!

  4. I love the vest on you - very sexy - and I think it would look fab with a dark pair of pants/skirt. . . Love it - congratulations on the great fit too!

  5. What a windfall on the patterns---so fun! The vest is very, very cute, I'd love to see the original pattern. :)

    1. Maybe I should do a "check out my haul" post! Those are always so fun.

  6. Lucky you getting all those wonderful vintage patterns! your vest looks great on you!

  7. I love how easy this piece is. It looks great with your white shirt. I've been considering a vest for the SAL too since the weather is getting warmer here.

  8. This is just amazing, I'm green with envy! What a great fit, and a beautiful vest. It is sure to be a great addition to your wardrobe. So lucky to get such great vintage patterns!

  9. I'm not usually keen on vests, but this one is super cute. Of course your execution is amazing! Laura (