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Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern

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I recently finished knitting this brown wool vest.  The pattern, called Splitstone by designer Alicia Plummer. is available on Ravelry.   I used Rowan’s pure worsted wool made in England that I purchased at Fibre Space – a Yarn Universe in Alexandria, Virginia.  If you haven’t been to this wonderful indie store yet, you need to make a trip.  It is just a short Metro trip from Washington DC or any of the surrounding area if you are visiting. If you are a knitter, you will find yourself in paradise at Fibre Space!

This vest is knit bottom-to-top in the round.  I used US 6, 29″ needles for the ribbing and US 7, 29″ needles for the body, to obtain the 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches gauge.   The torso is shaped starting where the bottom ribbing ends.

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After I was finished knitting, I washed and blocked my vest.  I purchased these blocking mats and pins at Fibre Space.

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What I love about this vest is that it is a fitted pattern, knit to fit my curves and it extends to my hips.  It fits me so well, it adds just the right amount of warmth for a cool autumn day or evening.  The deep chocolate brown goes with so many pieces in my fall wardrobe.  It matches my favorite food, chocolate, perfectly.  So I do not have to worry about staining my new vest.  Of course, if any food gets on my wool vest, I wash it immediately with Soak wash.  This is the best rinse-free laundry soap for delicate items, like woolens and lingerie.  I buy Soak at Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia.

I wore this vest often as an extra layer during windy days in Provence.  I love it over the bodysuits I’ve been sewing using Madalynne’s bodysuit, Simplicity 8435.  More about these in an upcoming post.  Here I am in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in my natural habitat, which is…you guessed it, eating and drinking chocolate in a tea salon.

20171109_091923582_ios-e1512563817593.jpgAnd now it is lunchtime in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.  If it wasn’t for my husband, you would find me at a patisserie or boulangerie indulging in another round of sweets, but instead we are eating pates au saumon fume, which I also love.  Apparently, per my husband, the four food groups are not cake, candy, ice cream and cookies.

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20171109_113211553_iOSThe courtyard of the stone house, Les Deux Cypres, in Sanilhac, near Uzes.

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P1000841As always, thank you for visiting my blog!  Merci et au revoir!

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A Tailored Shirt for the Fall from Simplicity 1538

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Bonjour from southern France!  I just finished sewing this tailored shirt using Simplicity 1538, view B.  This was the first time that I’ve made a shirt from this pattern and I am so pleased with the results.  This is a great pattern for a fitted shirt.  I’ve already purchased fabric to make it again!

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The fabric I used was from my stash; I purchased it last year at Fabric Outlet (or online at Califabrics) in San Francisco.  I like this all-cotton fabric because it goes well with wool vest that I was knitting, as well as other pieces in my wardrobe.  I just finished knitting this wool vest and I love how it looks with my new shirt.

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I started out by making a muslin.  The only alteration I made was to shorten the arms by two inches.  Making a muslin takes extra time, but what I love about the process, besides the fact that the final product fits perfectly, is that the muslin fabric pattern pieces will last forever and I can use them over and over again to make a custom-fit garment.

Below is the muslin piece for the front of the shirt.  I always cut the perimeter of my muslin pieces wide, about 2 – 3 inches, to allow for any modifications to the fit.  Once I determine the sewing lines, I use a compass to draw a 5/8″ seam allowance and then I cut along that line.

Muslin front piece

This is the sleeve piece, modified by shortening.

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All of the seams are flat-felled seams.  I think the inside of this shirt looks as nice inside as it does on the public-facing side.

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The flat-felled seam attaching the sleeve to the body was the most difficult and lots of pins enabled me to make a nice seam on the first pass.

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The collar and collar stand were easy to attach.

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The collar, yoke, front plackets, and cuffs are all top stitched.

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I used buttons that I bought at a tag sale.

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Here’s the back of the shirt.  There is just a bit of gather in the middle.

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Have you tried this pattern? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  Merci et au revoir!