MORE WINTER CLOTHES. I don't know about you, but I'm full-on daydreaming about summer sewing. I'm tired of the darkness and the cold weather. Last week we were teased with temps in the high 50s, then we had a random snow and wind storm yesterday. Not cool, Mother Nature; not cool. I'm doing my best to keep cozy and cute wearing all the winter wardrobe projects I added to my closet this season. Today, I present Dropje Vest, round two, which happens to be my favorite of the three versions I made.
I love sewing patterns more than once. Not only does it make the purchase of the pattern more worthwhile, it allows me to explore different possibilities with the garment I'm making. My first version of this pattern is decidedly outwear. It's quilted, interlined with batting and quite heavy. It will hold its own, especially during crisp fall weather.
My second version is also warm; it's wool lined with flannel, but it's considerably lighter weight and more flexible than the first Dropje I made. It works both as a light jacket or layer and a wear all-day piece.
In addition to the versatility that this version of Dropje offers, I really love my fabric choices on this vest. Both the wool fabrics are stash from estate sale purchases. The green is a tweed with shades of green, teal, and brown flecks. I have yardage of this remaining that I'd love to turn into some sort of blazer. The side panels are a vintage camel hair blend. I had less than a yard of it, and I am excited that I was able to use it. The flannel was leftover from an Archer I sewed during the fall. #SCRAPBUSTINGFTW All of these fabrics were purchased at separate times, but I couldn't have planned this combination any better. Being a fabric hoarder... I mean... having a stash to shop really paid off in this instance. LOL.
Similar to my first version of the Dropje, I chose to fully line my vest and used inseam pockets in place of the patch pockets provided.
Have you started to shift gears and work on spring projects? In addition to buying this pattern directly, it's available on Indie Sew who just happened to release their spring lineup at the begining of the week. Bring on the sunshine.