I wanted to make myself a long waistcoat with pockets (none of my clothes ever seem to have enough pockets). I bought this pattern, basic but with plenty of variations. I am making view A.
I decided to patch it together from my pile of denim scraps, as we all know denim goes with everything! It would also use up a lot of denim! For added interest I would put the seams on the outside. This way I would have interesting fraying going on on the outside and the unlined inside would be smooth.
I spent a lot of time patching bits together for each pattern piece. Most of my scraps appeared to have pockets on, so I have pockets up my back too!. Despite the time spent making it random, I still managed to get matching pockets on the front which was intensely annoying.
When I tried it on for the fit I had to adjust the sides as they were too big, and the armholes, which were too small!. It would have been a better shape with a bust dart, but a) it wasn't supposed to have one and b) the pocket on the bust was in the way, so I left it alone. I liked the open vent in the sides, but this side hangs perfectly...
and this side won't. I unpicked it and did it again but it still curls up. I had to take one of the pockets off to take in the side seam. Happily it was the only one without stud fittings! I adjusted the facings to match the alterations I had made to the armholes, and fitted them.
I used hand embroidery to hold the facings and hem in place. Then I decided to embellish the patch where the pocket had been. Then I added more to the other pockets. Then I used some more scraps to add some applique hearts, with more hand embroidery.
I wore it today, and it feels good. The front hem is level despite how it looks in the photo! The other half said "It's finished then?" and I said "Possibly."
I may add more embroidery.
I may add a lining.
I may change one of those matching pockets.
I will enjoy wearing it!