The “So Not a Gunslinger” Vest
Fabric: pinstripe wool blend suiting, free from swap
Pattern: Simplicity 7675
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.