Anthony Bourdain narrated a group of short videos last year about artisans. The tailor was very inspiring to me. He also wore a vest that was very inspiring to my Beloved. I started working on it last October.
I found a pattern. I made the muslin with alterations to fit better and be more of the style that was wished for. I used stash fabric for this first pass.
Part of what took so long is that I worked on the interfacing by hand. There are not a lot of free moments in my life to work on things like this. For example, sweaters and shrugs take forever for me because I both make the yarn and make them. All by hand.
I have always disliked working with interfacings. I purchased horse hair interfacing for this vest and I can now say I do not hate working with interfacing. Things I actually thought would be harder, like buttonholes, were not. It is odd. Now, my buttonholes are not perfect but they were easier!
I created the welt pockets as requested to keep metal and wood shavings out of the pockets.
I lined the vest with some pretty cotton fabric I had.
The vest looks nice. Though I still need to improve my buttonholes. I need to remember to buy buttonhole thread. It fits well. But even though all the fabric was from my stash, I think my Beloved thinks it is currently too nice to wear. It was supposed to be for work in his shop but . . . Oh well. That is life. It makes me laugh.