My friend Kathryn sewed a Kwik Sew 3977 jacket and vest when we were at Sewjourn in May. Both looked fabulous – so the pattern quickly joined my stash.
Shortly after I was at The Cloth Shop in Ivanhoe, and spotted some teal boiled wool knit. Oh, how perfect for a Kwik Sew 3977 vest!
Now, the lapels on my vest don’t fall the same way as the line drawing or the cover photos. I figure that there are possibly a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, fabric choice. This wool knit is pretty thick. Secondly, I hemmed all the edges, and the pattern instructions would have you leave them raw. I found that the knit wanted to curl so looked better with a simple hem that was turned once then zig-zagged along its edges to secure it.
Deciding which side of the fabric was the “right” side3 was also difficult. In the end I went with the smoother side on the outside and the fluffier side on the inside. This also meant that the fluffier side showed on the collar. I made sure that the centre back neck seam was finished so that it would look neat when turned back. Other construction was on the overlocker.
I’ve think I’ve been taking photo posing inspiration from Stella! I really love this vest – it’s super warm to wear, and that colour is absolutely me. I plan on sewing a jacket at some stage too.