O.K. summer is overish. I have red leaves on my trees and I have had my last outdoor swim of the season.
I am dragging my mind to where I last left it.
At the end of last winter I decided I needed more warm vests.
And since I knew it would take me three years to knit a vest. at least, I have been looking for sewing patterns. Hopefully not dopey vests but something to keep my core warm in the dog walking, walking to work, side of my life. You know how sometimes you need a little something.
Like a little pie before bed, or a little chocolate to perk you up, or a vest to make that jacket or coat just a little warmer - but without sleeve bulk.
So in the last of many BMV orders (does Simplicity know how it is missing out?) I ordered this, Butterick 5680:
I am a sucker for a shawl collar and thought if the vest worked out I would try it in a longer version in the cardigan.
I used a sort of fleece-like sweater knit as specified and made it in a medium (12-14) even though I am more a 16-18.
Now to recap the bust for a 12 is 34" and the bust for a 14 is 36". The picture above of this vest has it sort of meet in the front.
Well folks this is what I ended up with:
Yup, a vest that measures 60" from front to front across the bust.
Now of course some of this is absorbed in the shawl collar, and of course you need ease, particularly if you are using a heavier fleece. But I figured I could have strapped two Wire-haired Fox terriers to my torso and this thing would still meet in the middle.
I know because I measured Mr. Rascal and doubled it.
This may be fine if you ever plan on doing that, but it's still something most of us won't do too often.
Don't take this as a criticism as much as a reality check and information you might want before you cut.
And it's not all bad.
I mean if you wanted to put in buttons you would have lots of room to do it. Here is what this vest looks like, in all its generosity as is: