The “Singer/Songwriter” Vest
- Fabric: black suiting of some sort (free!) and black lining (leftovers)
- Pattern: Butterick 5534
- Year: 2010
- Notions: button (stash)
- Time to complete: Who knows? In fact, I’m not putting this into future posts. I really don’t keep track because my sewing is broken up into small bits due to real life intruding. A seam here and there.
- First worn: August 13, 2012
- Wear again?: Yes
- Total price: $0
Here’s the problem with this challenge–the musicians I really like are not super stylish and tend to wear pretty bland clothing (often black, often t-shirts, always something you could find at Target). On the other hand, there are several bands and singers I like that are more trendy, but after perusing pics on the vast Interwebs I realized that almost all of them are really risque or downright slutty. Hmmm… But one theme seemed to keep popping up no matter where I looked: vests.
Any era, almost every genre, musicians love the vest. Usually black. Sometimes leather. And I happen to have a vest pattern and a bunch of suitable (see what I did there?) black fabric languishing in the stash. This was a super easy pattern, though I find it a little strange that the collar doesn’t extend all around the back of the neck–it’s just on the front. Weird. And I’m always fascinated when lined garments are inside out and then pulled through shoulders and sides and are suddenly right side out. I can’t imagine how pattern makers get their minds around those fabric gymnastics.
In the past year or so I’ve picked up some guitar skills (though I’d still call them pretty rudimentary). My husband and I take turns putting our son to bed each night and every night he gets serenaded with guitar music. I can only play a few songs moderately well, but my husband’s repertoire is quite large since he’s been playing for more than half his life. I made sure to tell our boy recently how lucky he is to get this royal treatment. For his part, he has shown great interest in making
music noise himself.
Anyway, my guitar is not merely a prop. I can really play it. The piano? Not so much…
I can play melody lines, but both hands at once is very difficult for me and I never practiced enough to easily do chords without thinking very hard about where to put each finger.
I still have LOTS of this fabric left and will eventually be making a pencil skirt and some trousers (that’s for you Brits out there) to go with the waistcoat (that too).