Project #46: Vest

Project: Twill vest
Pattern: McCall’s 5186
Size: 12 altered
Fabric: Tobacco cotton twill

One of the things I enjoy wearing in the winter is a vest.  I have two zip-front vests, one in brown corduroy and the other in red fleece, that I wear constantly.  Since I had a fair amount of the tobacco cotton twill left from my recent jacket project, I decided to create a new vest from the remnant.

I didn’t have a vest pattern that suited me exactly, but I had one that was close enough. McCall’s M5186, now OOP, is your standard fitted button-front vest with armscye princess seams and fake pocket welts.  It was what I wanted, except that I wanted this one to be straight across the front hemline and longer in back with real pockets.

The inner-engineer had no problems with those changes, so it was a simple project.

As worn

Since that photo is dark, Brunhilde consented to model for you.  I didn’t bother to button it on her, as I don’t plan to button it when I wear it though with the state of my waistline these days I probably should!

Front, open

I think you can see that it is quite fitted–I sweated that a little last night, but today it is very nice!  (Lesson:  Don’t fit at night!)  I also topstitched at the edge and 1/4″ away on all the outer edges.


My vest (but not the pattern’s vest) is lined to the edge with a mystery-fiber animal print.


I’ve got one more item cut from the tobacco twill.  It’s another pair of pants from McCall’s 6361. I don’t plan to wear any of the three pieces together, though I won’t rule it out at this point.  All should extend my wardrobe considerably as each coordinates in some way with almost everything I have. I even like the vest with the pink shirt Brunhilde is wearing!


6 thoughts on “Project #46: Vest

  1. Beth,

    Love this vest. It really fits you. You look terrific in it.

    Question, when you made the back longer, did you slice the middle back pieces and extend them? Then with the side panels, did you create a wedge from the seam attaching to the back pieces over to the side seam? I need to add length just like you did to this vest to a polar fleece jacket I want to make. I have never made a jacket but I am tired of trying to get pants to fit.

    Any chance you could email pictures of your alterations or post on your site? Would really appreciate seeing this alteration.

    Your inner-engineer really knows her stuff!


  2. Beth, I really like your vest. It gives an outfit a little extra snap. Seeing yours makes me want to go and sew a few!

  3. Beth, the vest is nice, very tailored. I found my way to your website by “googling” “Katrinka” hats. A photo of one of your hats from her patterns guided me here. Unfortunately, she no longer makes the patterns and thus, Judith M has none to sell. Would you consider selling any of the ones you may have?

    Thanks, Linda

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