I love to nuno felt and make unique one-of-a-kind garments and accessories. I have been venturing into making vests and must say that I get nervous about cutting into the felt to construct a garment. I worry about bulges and losing the beautiful drapey characteristic of nuno. Sewing and construction are not my strongest suits, but I have found a way to make an attractive vest.
Diane Ericson once told me that sometimes not knowing how to sew frees you to come up with interesting solutions to construction and drape issues. You are not locked in to one way of thinking about how to put a garment together and can make magic. That is what I have done with my Downtown Vest and I would like to share the process with you.
We all have that favorite piece of clothing that fits us like a glove. We love how it looks and feel pretty when we put it on. I have a vest like that and decided that I would trace the basic shape, add a seam allowance and a few different seam lines and voilà, the Downtown Vest pattern was created. I made a large piece of black nuno felt using merino wool and black silk chiffon. I used this piece for the front of my vest. Since I like to combine different fibers, I chose a black knit boucle fabric for the back of the vest, cut out the pattern pieces and used a combination of hand and machine stitching to create the vest.