One of the Twig & Tale patterns that I bought at Christmas was for an outerwear vest called the Trailblazer. It's fully lined and can be made with a button-up or zipper closure. There is also a wind flap you can add but I opted not to do that part.
Here are the pattern pieces all printed and cut.
|That's a lot of paper!|
|All the pieces cut out and ready to assemble|
I did make one major error. I wanted to visually tie the front and back together so I made piping out of the houndstooth and sewed it into the princess seams of the back piece.
|Houndstooth piping in back|
Unfortunately I mixed up my right side/wrong side and sewed one seam in backwards. Argh!
|Well that's not right.|
I patiently unpicked the seam, pinned it in properly, and tried again. Got it right that time. Also - note the center seam running up the back - that's the suit coat's original seam. I decided it was a nice design element so I used it (plus I had no choice - I didn't have enough fabric if I didn't keep it).
Here's the big reveal:
|Collar shows houndstooth nicely (and the peek of lining at the arm is cool)|
|Bright pink lining|
I've got more wool coats that I want to use to make another vest. I love the look of this and it's wonderfully warm. I made a few mistakes that I'll be better able to correct now that I've done one.
For my notes:
Sewed up a size F, should do F at shoulders and grade to D through waist and hips. Remove 1" at lengthen/shorten line.
Piping resulted in odd bulge/wrinkle at bottom. Learn how to properly sew piping into seam line!
Flannel lining is perfect - soft and cozy. Doesn't "stick" when putting on/off.