Anyway. I saw this on the cover of Drape Drape 2:
|I wish the Drape Drape models would wear pants occasionally.|
and went HOLY PRACTICAL THING, BATMAN. A vest/scarf combo (it's cold here) with deep pockets, to throw over office dresses? HELL YES.
(I somehow keep buying office dresses that don't have any pockets. Which is a problem, when you have to clip a keycard somewhere because you're running up and down stairs delivering stuff to clients. I'm just saying.)
Here's my version.
I won't post the whole pattern review here, but a few things you should know, if you're interested in making this:
- It's very long. I'm 5'0" and it hit just a few inches above my knee.
- The pockets are seriously deep -- about 14 inches, give or take. (I messed with the facings a bit).
- The back is also pretty long -- about 21 inches from the middle of my back, give or take:
|My butt. Enjoy.|
|The neckline. (That crappy fabric. Sigh.)|
|What the book calls the "back neckline." This is the only section that's turned right sides together, like a tube. The seams around the back neckline are finished first.|
|Very, very deep pockets. 14 inches!|
Construction was interesting. Drape Drape is notorious for being a little light on the details ("attach the pocket," "sew the back section of the neckline" ...ooookay), but if you compare the written instructions to the diagrams, it's figure-outable.
A couple of tricky parts, though:
- You have to finish the seam allowance around the neckline (from just above the pocket, called "pocket end," to the top of the neck, called "seam end"), and then finish the armholes before turning the back neckline right sides together and stitching. (The book calls for a threefold edge-stitched seam, but I just did a basic straight stitch and it worked out fine.)
- After finishing the back neckline, turn it right side out before continuing. Really basic, but the instructions don't tell you this.
I like this -- and it IS practical (I've worn it to work several times already) -- but next time I'll make it in sturdier sweater fabric or jersey.