The Wild, Wild Vest

I seem to be quite taken with the idea of wearing vests and I first posted about this in August in The Vild, Vild Vest. I revisited my original post this morning and decided that I can add a little more explanation.

I fondly remember two pretty vests I bought many years ago. I even remember the shop where I found them; it was in Spring, Texas. After my pretty vests wore out, I missed them and couldn’t find any similar ones to buy. When I decided to learn to sew, I included vests as one of the clothing items I wanted to make for myself. I wanted to start a tradition at the office and wear a vest every Friday; a different vest every Friday, if I had my way about it. I’d be such the trend-setter, at least in my mind. I planned on sewing enough vests that it would be months and months before I’d wear one for the second time. I even had a name for my future vest collection: The Wild, Wild Vest or maybe The Vilde, Vilde, Vest.

Cute name (I thought), good intentions, bad execution, yet again. It’s coming up on 20 years since I bought my first sewing machine and has Vest Friday happened yet? No, it has not.

I now own three sewing machines and one serger. I have at least 9 vest patterns, yards and yards (and more yards) of fabric, dozens of spools of thread in all kinds of colors (maybe hundreds of spools of thread and I think I’m safe in confiding this to you here because we are kindred spirits, are we not?) and countless buttons – with and without shanks – all awaiting my attention.

I haven’t given up my goal of making vests, I’m just having trouble getting started. (Ahem) I even bought a vest kit in November at the 2011 Houston International Quilt Festival. The sample was so pretty, I tell myself, maybe this one will be the one to get me going. My new vest kit is somewhere in my sewing room now, fading into the landscape. If I’m not careful, I’ll be retired from my current job before I start my Vest Friday tradition and then I’ll have to get another job just to show off my vests. I’d include a photo of one of my vests for this post, but I have yet to make even one.

I’m thinking the fastest way to make a vest is to take one of hubby’s shirts and cut off the sleeves. That shouldn’t take too long.

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The Vild Vild Vest

A recent Plinky prompt was: If you had your own clothing line, what would it be called?

Here’s my Plinky post:

When I decided to learn to sew, I thought I’d make my own vests and wear a vest on every Friday. I even chose a name for my vest collection:

The Vild Vild Vest. (Or maybe The Vilde Vilde Vest.)

hahahaha. Well, it was funny at the time. I now have about 9 vest patterns, yards and yards of fabric and dozens of spools of threads. I’d use a photo of one of my vests for this post, but I have yet to make one.

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Drastic Measures

Sometimes I just have to take drastic measures. I’ve cautioned you before, about the dangers of wearing your glasses while cleaning. Usually this is a big mistake.

Unfortunately, my sewing room was wreck. Nobody’s fault but my own. Yesterday, I ignored my own advice and wore my glasses while cleaning my sewing room. There just wasn’t any way around it. And I mean that literally, I couldn’t hardly walk into my sewing room, much less sew. Something had to change. I put on my glasses, took a deep breath and tiptoed in. A few hours later, I had achieved a large measure of success.

In fact, not only could I walk into the room, I could actually sit down at the sewing machine. And that’s exactly what I did, late in the afternoon. Here you see the results.

Paper Pieced key chain
Key Chain

I have tons of yards of fabric, gazillions of patterns and books and what do I make? I make a 2.5″ inch by 2.5 inch key chain quilt. The big news (besides being able to see my sewing machine now) is that I sewed the key chain quilt using the paper piecing method. This pattern and the paper piecing method were demonstrated Thursday at Sew Much More’s Sew Club. Thanks, Diane!

I was inspired. Cute little key chain quilts with points that match, no matter what! I had a few construction issues, one you can see for yourself (the angle of the fob) and others you can’t see from this view. Thank goodness you can’t see all the mistakes in one view. It’s best to spread them around; yes it is.

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