Cheerio folks! Well, I am here in London so I’m going to keep this post short. The weather is definitely a bit colder than I had planned for (they are saying that England caught the tail end of storm Stella that hit the east coast last week), so I am definitely utilizing all of my layers!
Lets talk about this olive green vest that I made, shall we?
The inspiration for this project came when I caught a quick glance of an Altuzarra jacket on instagram. It was olive green and seemed to have black and white piping through the placket and pockets. I searched to find more detail on the jacket and found that it was part of the Fall 2017 collection, which means not affordable, and not available. Plus, this style was cropped, and upon further review, the piping that I thought was black and white was actually snakeskin.
I knew that I had wanted to make an olive green vest for a while, because olive/military green is so extremely versatile. Pockets and trench styling would be the main design details, but I was looking for some other unique detail on the design to actually make it worth making by hand instead of purchasing (as you can do) at Club Monaco. I already owned several yards of black and white piping that I purchased from a trim store in NYC (message me for the details) so I decided to work within my black and white theme and use it as special detail.
Making a pattern for a princess seam vest is fairly easy, what was difficult for me was the collar. It has been a verrrrrryyy long time since I have made a pattern for a collar (maybe 8-9 years) but of course I thought I knew exactly what I was doing so didn’t bother to do any research. Well, the slight pulling and tucking underneath the collar is what I get for rushing through it! While I was upset with myself for not doing my research, I realize it could have come out a lot worse. The only issue I really have is the amount of ironing this vest needs, as the fabric I chose is not exactly travel friendly. However I did receive a ton of compliments the day I wore it around Portobello market so at least it wasn’t obvious my little olive green vest was handmade!
What do you think of my look? Shop other olive green vests for your next trip here!