Thursday, August 2, 2012

Simplicity 2443 Cynthia Rowley Vest - to the Max!

Polo, J Jill
Jeans, Motto
Sandals, Born

I just love this vest and jacket! Such a perfect peplum and length. 

I actually bought a 6 1/2" yds piece  white corded cotton from FFC so that I could sew this...but have not done it yet! I decided to mull over the pattern (picture me mulling over pattern) and then do a muslin first. 'Cause the corded cotton was expensive!

I am so stingy. I had a little over a yard of Kona cotton in black. I love Kona cotton. It is 4.3 oz. per yard and has a wondrous hand and slight sheen. Perfect for lightly structured garments, bags, purses, kid's things - and this vest. And I liked having it in my stash soooo much that I very reluctantly sacrificed it to this project!

A back view first then what I did!

Pants, Vogue 8584 Loose Fitting Pants
Fabric, Calico, Holly Lobby

I think Cynthia got the peplum just right - sassy.

Skirt, Kwik Sew 3914 Pleated Skirt
Sandals, Chinese Laundry

 I redrafted her lovely vest to be a vest/blouse combo, by making a few very easy alterations. I just do not like necklines above my collarbones! I like scoop or v-neck bodices - I think they are so much more flattering and so pretty to style. 

Here is the front pattern with my drafting marks to (1) create a buttoned vest/blouse, rather than one that meets and ties at the front center,  and (2) restyle the front neck to a v-neckline suitable to a buttoned blouse or vest.  (I am gritting my teeth, but not inclined to fight this...I cannot get this photo to rotate!)

  • I used the existing cutting line as my new seam line. This left fabric to the outside of center front.
  • Then I added a 5/8" seam line to the new front edge.
  • I used another pattern (BurdaStyle 2011/09#128) to determine the start point and angle of my new neckline.

My newly redrafted front piece on top of the original pattern:

More pics! I just love it! And will be sewing it with the beautiful sleeves that comes with the pattern and as a sleeveless blouse in many cherished fabrics.

Model, Emile

The gathers in the center back are from my having made a 1 1/4" broad back adjustment in the upper back and simply gathering the fabric into the peplum. Worked very well.

 Happy! Coco


  1. I like it in the black kona but it's going to be fantastic in the corded cotton. Good job!

    1. Thank you, early bird! So much corded cotton, and it is 54" wide! I have another peplum jacket pattern coming as well, long sleeves. And might do a vest for my attorney daughter (brag book...she, my son, and his wife are all lawyers. Oh my. But I sew!) left you a note, love your orange blouse.

  2. I've been wanting to make this and I always feel inspired by you- I see a root around the textil closet in my very near future wiuth this pattern in one hand!

    1. Thanks and it is mutual! I do hope you do this one, you have the best fabrics in that closet!

  3. I perceive this as a different look for you, but it works very well!

    1. Hi Mary! It's because it's black (and I will never make a black dress, I'm nearly cross-eyed just from this...). picture in turquoise or tropical flowers :-) I did get purple buttons on it! So funny, the polo is the only collared shirt I own! so it stood in for the photo shoot. A pretty white silk long-sleeve would have been nice. Days gone by...


I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco