Thursday, February 4, 2016

Butterick 6138- Katherine Tilton Vest

I seem to be on the Katherine Tilton train lately. Her patterns are so well thought out and have great lines.  Something I'm looking for in my patterns now since I'm trying to stick to solids, stripes and dots.

I had so much fun making this vest/dress for the second time.  The first time I made it was to test the pattern with a "muslin".  But it was red upholstery fabric which was far too heavy.  It was a wadder, literally.  I took the buttons off of it and threw it in the garbage!  Enough of that!

This time it worked.  I got the fabric at Hart's in Santa Cruz a year ago.  Yes, it's a coat weight and would have been easier to make in a lighter weight fabric but I'm happy with the results.  

I think the structure shows a lot in this type of fabric.  But it would also be good in a dupioni silk or maybe even denim?  Or how about a black organza for evening??

I tried to use a zipper instead of buttons but it just didn't look as good as I'd hoped.  When I make this again I'll redraft the upper/center chest area at the collar.  It was a bit too large and I had to move the top button over to make it work.  So, I used a loop closure which seemed to make more sense.  Next time, when it fits better, a zipper will work and look great.

This is a fun pattern, keep it in mind.  I'm off to Design Outside The Lines (DOL) in Santa Barbara with Diane Ericson and her guest teacher, Jilli Blackwood.  Excited!  Love this sewing design retreat every year.


  1. Great shape! Have fun at DOL. I was registered but switched to fall so I'd have more time to prep for the Expo in Puyallup. Hope to see you there!

  2. I've already cut that tunic/vest out in a lightweight linen. We'll see how it looks when I finally get around to sewing it. I really like your sleeveless coat version!

    Have a great time at DOL!

  3. That is really wonderful Gayle. The fabric you chose allows the shape to shine through and I love the mix of prints.

  4. Great fabric choice. Love this.

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  6. Love the dots Gayle. Fun project.

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