Houndstooth Vest


It's finally starting to feel like fall here in Texas, which is exciting because I can finally put away my shorts and flip flops (no I'm not one of those Texans who wears flip flops year round) and bust out all of my chillier weather clothes.  Since I'm in Texas, it will still get up in the 70's during the fall (and winter) now and again so we're in perfect layering weather.  What better way to layer than with than a vest.  Not those puffer vests, but a cool, classic one like this!  I've had this McCall's vest pattern (M2260) in my stash for years.  I think this was one of the first patterns that I bought when I first got my sewing machine many years ago.  I'm glad that I never attempted this pattern back then because I know I would have totally messed it up.  Now that I've had some experience sewing garments, this was the perfect time for me to give it a go.  It's actually a really simple pattern and great for an advanced beginner.  The fabric I used is a light weight wool blend that I bought last year from Hancock Fabrics.  Two things to keep in mind while sewing this, you may need to allow a very narrow seam allowances for the ties.  I had to do mine over again because my fabric was a little thick and I had trouble turning it inside out the first time around.  Also, be sure when you are sewing down the all of the facings to make sure the fabric is laying down nice and flat so it doesn't shift and not line up correctly.  I'm so excited to wear this super chic vest!

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