Seersucker Social Vest: Crazy Ruffles and Welt Pockets

3 Jun

Well, I’m definitely going to have an outfit come Saturday. As you can see, I’ve added both pockets and futzed with the crazy ruffles. I love welt pockets. Such a fun banker look.  It’s just too bad I like to put them in too close to center front and slightly askew. In my defense, I took an inch from CF so the pockets were further back when I started.

Now that I use Kathleen Fasanella’s tutorial on How to Sew a Single Welt Pocket, I don’t even sweat making welt pockets.

Her original tutorial makes about a 1/2 inch welt. I wanted to just show how I altered the pattern to accomodate for a larger welt. I won’t reblog her tutorial because it’s excellent. Go there first and come back here.

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The length of my finished welt is 1 inch wide by 4.5 inches in length. The 2 inch wide section becomes your welt. Folded in half, that is one inch.

When sewing, you’ll sew with right sides together (the interfaced piece will be up). The welt portion should be sewn point down. Because it’s the welt, that’s what needs to come up to show in the welt window.

You also need to increase the size of the welt window from the original. On mine, it’s one inch. On the original pattern Kathleen has, it’s 1/2 inch.

I’ve sewn in the ruffles at the shoulder. They are so cute! But, there’s a lot of bias between the armholes and the ruffles. So, I used selvedge to stablise the curves.

It was a breeze to sew on. I eased the armholes to the selvedge to make sure it would snug up and not show my bra from the side or gape.

Whew. So a few more hours and I’ll be done. I have commandeered hats from coworkers and literally have a selection of six. I’m just about set!

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8 Responses to “Seersucker Social Vest: Crazy Ruffles and Welt Pockets”

  1. Liara June 3, 2011 at 06:21 #

    I am in envy of your sewing talent!! Your vest is going to be adorable!

  2. CarlaF-in Atlanta June 3, 2011 at 07:50 #

    I can’t see your pictures today. There’s a box from Photobucket “Upgrade to Pro today. Bandwidth exceeded”

  3. Julie Culshaw June 3, 2011 at 07:59 #

    same problem with the photos for me.

  4. Elizabeth June 3, 2011 at 10:01 #

    I think it looks great! Very cute in seersucker!

  5. fishyfacedesigns.wordpress.com June 3, 2011 at 11:33 #

    I am so glad you are getting it finished a little ahead of schedule… It looks great so far!
    Take care

  6. Myra June 3, 2011 at 20:06 #

    I love this vest, it’s sooo cute!! Are we going to see you model it??

  7. NuJoi June 4, 2011 at 07:42 #

    It’s looking great!

  8. Carol June 4, 2011 at 23:19 #

    I love this in seersucker. It’s the perfect fabric for this vest. Very, very cute!

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