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New Look 6397 vest

When we were in Thailand/Laos in January I bought quite a few fabric souvenirs.  I really want to turn them all into garments (maybe some into cushions) but it does take sort thought for me to figure out what will work best for particular types of fabric.  The idea to turn a length of ikat into a vest came to me while lying awake in bed one night.  Do others plan their sewing projects when they are meant to be asleep?

New Look 6397 in ikat from Chiang Mai and denim

I looked at the length of ikat and knew that it would have to be combined with another fabric to have enough for an effective garment – and denim would hopefully work well! I had some stretch denim scraps in my stash, and they were just the right shade of blue. I used the denim for the collar/front bands.

New Look 6397 in ikat from Chiang Mai and denim

The pattern is New Look 6397. From their website: Misses’ cozy jacket with patch pockets can have a straight or handkerchief hemline. Vest can have a straight hem with patch pockets or a high-low without pockets.  Fabric suggestions: Lightweight to medium woven or knit fabrics with drape such as: Linen and wool types, double knits, fleece, interlock, jersey, ponte, stretch velvet.


You may have noticed that the fabric suggestions are mostly for knits, but I figured that the vest would be fine in my medium weight wovens.  I sewed view C without the pockets, possibly in the size Small (10-12), although it could have been the Medium (14-16) but I’m too lazy to pull the pattern envelope out and check.

New Look 6397 in ikat from Chiang Mai and denim

The front bands are seamed at the centre back of the neckline and form the gentle shawl collar.  From memory the bands are rectangular pieces,cut double on the fold. The ikat frayed terribly, so I overlocked all the edges first then did the assembly with a straight stitch on my sewing machine. The bottom of the vest is a 5/8″ turned hem, just straight stitched into place, as are the armhole openings.

New Look 6397 in ikat from Chiang Mai and denim

This was really easy to make, and highly satisfying. I took a bit of a punt sewing this vest, and I’m extremely happy with the finished result.


15 thoughts on “New Look 6397 vest

  1. I love this – perfect with that indigo denim trim. Fabric is the best souvenir – I have a piece of stripey ikat from Vientiane that needs to be made into something, must get it out again ;o)

  2. What a perfect fabric/garment match! In do the same thing – I think about sewing when I’m falling asleep and also if I’m awake in the night. It’s the perfect thing because it keeps my brain occupied without making it anxious (thinking about things I have to do or work will not help me get back to sleep!). And some of my best outfits and pattern/fabric combos have come to me just as I’m drifting off!

  3. After reading this I ordered the pattern immediately. Now I realize I have a piece of ikate…..hope you subscribe to the theory that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! And of course we are at opposite ends of the earth….


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