Each year I stumble across a piece which becomes such an integral part of my wardrobe that I can’t quite believe how I functioned without it. This year is no exception although there were two pieces in the running (culottes are fast become my new favourite item to such an extent I’m planning a second pair!), the past week has produced a clear front runner: the silk vest.
In my quest to find something smart enough to dress up jeans, casual enough to dress down a pencil skirt and easy enough to wear for work, I’ve been working on designing a silk vest (it has to be said using remnants/left-overs from other projects).
After much procrastination, and a couple of false starts, it was rather simple to design – I used my standard bodice block and removed the darts and elongated the body to create a boxy feel. I definitely didn’t want a cami/lingerie feel to the vest so kept the shoulders covered. The first version came up a little too oversized for my liking, so alterations were made to the side seams and a slight curve along the waistline was made. Following which I was delighted, I had produced the perfect vest top.
The simple style is a quick addition to the wardrobe – a couple of hours for cutting, making bias binding and manufacture – lends itself perfectly to a versatile plain or pretty pattern, and can be worn with jeans, skirts or even a suit. It’s so simple that last week I produced it in blue, green and finally found a project for last year’s fantastic find at Biddle Sawyer, Valentino silk!
The only question now is… which colour next?