Paul’s Next Vest {photo of the day}

I finished Paul’s last vest (or what was SUPPOSED to be Paul’s last vest, we just bought him some more fabric…..) Paul has a business trip to an embassy in Spain (I know, it’s hard to be him 🙂 ) for the month of October, and he isn’t supposed to wear his uniforms while he’s there, so he needed enough suits to be able to wear them for work for a month. We decided that as long as he has 5 outfits, he should be fine repeating them as long as he can send things out to be dry cleaned in rotations (I’m sure this is way more information than you need on our thought processes.) Anyway, he had one brown pinstripe suit that worked, but I hated his other 2 suits, since they were threadbare and had been his, since he was 19 – so they were in terrible shape. It hasn’t really mattered before now, since Paul wears uniforms for most dressy occasions, but now we were in a bind. We have ordered 2 new custom suits from Korean tailors, (one charcoal, and one navy blue) and he has a couple of sport coats he can wear with slacks, but he asked me to make him a few new vests so that he can change up his suits a bit more with some extra combos, one of which was to be made out of a beige and salmon pink plaid I have had in my stash for years. I didn’t have enough to have a full suit made, but there was enough for pants and a vest, so we thought that could work for look 5. Honestly I think he might have gone with bespoke suits San Francisco based tailors but he was soon to leave for Spain. (Sorry about the instagram picture, I didn’t take anything decent yet.)

We had the pants made at the same tailor who is making the suits, since they had a pattern ready to go, and with my fabric it was under $60. I don’t have the time to make everything right now, so that was an awesome deal for custom made pants. Paul LOVES my vests, so he asked me to make his vest too, even though the tailor could have done it. This is the 4th one I have made him, and by far it was the hardest. The plaid has a VERY thin pink, check/stripe in it, and it was the worst thing ever to pattern match.

I used a salmon pink print fabric for the lining, and did welted pockets inside and out. (the ribbon is a linen tape on the facing seam) I used a pink mother of pearl button on the inside pocket.

the welted, flapped pockets on the outside were the worst, I basically hand basted the whole vest, in order to keep everything lined up. I don’t have any pictures of the process of making the pockets, I promise it involved cursing though.

Anyway, here it is again, we have to find him a salmon pink tie, but I was happy with how it turned out. I am going to make him do a photo shoot with me once everything is all together.
I am SOOO tired, but I have been very productive lately,

I finished a new hair clip that I started a bit ago, and a wool hobbit cloak for a 5 year-old’s birthday party that we are supposed to go to on Monday, (I’ll try to get pictures of the little Hobbit in his cloak if I can!) I also have a couple more things I’ve finished, but they will be their own posts later.

Still to do on my list before we head to the US in a little over a week, EDITED:
1. finish Sarah’s 2nd baby nursery painting DONE!
2. finish gown for the AF ball next Saturday
3. make baby grow and hat for Charley (his name is official now!)
5. Make Sarah’s apron I promised her (doesn’t need to be done, but I would like to do it.)DONE
6. Possibly make Paul another vest. I am all vested out right now, but we bought extra fabric for one of the suits, and Paul would like a matching vest…..
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s it for now.

  7 comments for “Paul’s Next Vest {photo of the day}

  1. September 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I’m equally impressed with your awesome sewing skills and your husband fitting suits from age 19! 😉

    • September 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Leslie, the funniest part is, I mostly hated his suits because they were from the ’90s, and they were huge on him, he was convinced he wore a bigger size than he actually does (boys are weird and all want to say they wear a large even if it’s not true!) So the suits we got rid of we’re too big on him! (He does make me mad though, he has gone up and down the same 5lbs our whole 14 years together, while I have traveled up and down 50lbs the last 14 years)

  2. September 9, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I am so impressed by your sewing skills! Also I am very jealous of your hair clips! They are gorgeous!

  3. September 10, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Wow! You have been very productive! Wish I could say the same. I’m loving the vests…my 12 year old wants me to make him some, so I’ve been thinking about how to get that done.

  4. September 10, 2013 at 1:47 am

    crazy awesome skillzzzz lady. seriously professional.

  5. September 11, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Oh my, Catherine, so impressive. I want to see the Hobbit cloak – that sounds like a great gift for a 5 year old.

  6. September 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I am constantly in awe of your sewing skills.
    Beautiful job. Your husband is a lucky guy!

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