Hot! The “So Not a Gunslinger” Vest


The Facts
: pinstripe wool blend suiting, free from swap
Pattern: Simplicity 7675
Year: 1976
Notions: 4 buttons from stash, interfacing
First worn: 10/8
Wear again: yes
Time to complete: about 4 hours
Total cost: freeish


This vest was worn traveling through the wilds of western Pennsylvania.  My gun belt, embossed with my name on the back, comes from the North Carolina state fair.  It caused quite a stir at the Amsterdam airport some years ago.  It’s kind of a joke (on me), because I’ve never been near a gun, and I’m pretty much your stereotypical East coast liberal intellectual pacifist.  I guess.  I hate the labels, but I have to admit they fit.  I’ll probably be styling the vest differently, without the belt, and with my high-waisted denim dungarees or denim Ginger.  My shirt wasn’t staying tucked into these low-waisted jeans and didn’t look good hanging out either.

Even though the vest is supposed to be reversible, I used the same fabric for the inside because I didn’t have any other options.  My stores of usable yardage are getting dangerously low!  That’s okay since this dark gray pinstripy wool blend is just what I wanted for a menswear look.  I spent a lot of time on the bound buttonholes, since I’ve never made them before and I’m gearing up for Anise.  I’m so glad I did.  They were fiddly and frustrating, but by the end I had a handle on the process, which should go more smoothly next time.  And that’s all I can manage to say after eight hours of driving today.  Xo.




Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.


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  1. Aah! That belt! It’s perfect. I really love that vest. So nicely tailored. Bound buttonholes are a bit of a pain, but they look so beautiful when they are done!

  2. Great vest, or waistcoat, as we say here in the UK. I’m also working up to tackling Anise, just trying to talk myself into doing bound buttonholes. I must admit they terrify me.

    • Well, with Anise they’re more scary since there are so many other steps and potentially tricky details. They ARE vexing, but totally doable and they do look great, worlds better than regular buttonholes. Since Anise involves so much time and effort I figure I might as well make the most beautiful buttonholes. Have I talked you into it?

  3. That was one of my go-to outfits back in the early 80’s: a fitted vest and matching A-line skirt. Your look brings back fond memories of that outfit. It looks very nice on you.

  4. Great job Lee, love the pattern, love the buckle – that is so cool. I have shot a rifle once – nearly scared me to death.

  5. I think it looks great on you – and even though you don’t love it, the belt works perfectly for the theme ;)

    I’m loving the vest comeback. I think they they look good on women because they emphasize the waist in the same way that a belt or corset would. On the other hand, I have to admit that I particularly like a nice tailored vest on a man.
    Where was I?

  6. Well, you may not be a gunslinger but you are adorable! Love your little belt even though I’m a not a gun-fan. I can’t wait to see how you use the vest later this year. We’ve only got 11 challenges left, can you believe it? Hopefully your stock will take you to the end : )

  7. You did a brilliant job on the vest, I love the cut. This pattern looks familiar, I’m going to dig through my patterns to see if I have it. I like the idea of it being reversible. 4 hours of your time? I might give it a go.

    Cant wait to see your Anise, happy sewalong.

  8. Cute! I love that you even managed to make your shirt match the illustration on the pattern envelope. The vest looks lovely. Perfectly fitted, and the details sound lovely.

  9. I love this look so much. It was just how I wanted to dress when I was a kid. I love the happiness of the yellow checked shirt with the waistcoat. Very cool.