Last week I shared my Navy Twill Trousers- and this week I’m back with the matching Deadstock Navy Cotton Twill Joy Woven Vest. I’ve been loving the runway looks from the past few seasons showing a matching vest and pant and really wanted to make my own. The trick was finding the perfect pattern. This is the Joy Vest from Style Arc- and I just love how this make turned out. I feel like this look is so 90’s and I LOVE it!
(Links below are to full blog posts and YT videos)
My new Joy Vest in Navy Cotton Deadstock Twill is shown here with matching Trousers and My Self Drafted Pinstripe Linen Blouse. Scroll down the page for all the Fabric/pattern info. I also shared this look on YouTube as a part of My Fall Winter Wardrobe. You can also check out my earlier post on my Fall Winter Wardrobe Planning for my Mini Capsule! Plus my Pinterest Inspiration Board below with the Runway looks this was inspired by. Lots to look at today if you want to head down the rabbit hole!
The Blouse Update:
I updated the Pinstripe Blouse shown here for the season with Wooden Buttons. When I started to work on my physical Mood Board for Fall I noticed it included a repeating detail of Large Wooden Buttons. So I swapped out my white buttons for these wooden ones that were the same size (from my stash). I really am enjoying this blouse again now with this little update. It feels fresh and chic. I love wearing this cuffed- I’m planning on making a YT Short to show how I cuff these. I used to work as a visual merchandiser at Club Monaco and that really upped my styling tricks.
Here you can see the one change I made to this pattern. I adjusted the upper center back (I always need this adjustment) and then removed the split back hem detail. This section of the instructions I found super confusing so I just omitted it and kept the back straight. I may try it again on another version- but I need to look up a tutorial or something- I’m a visual learner and just couldn’t get it. This version was my first try of the pattern so I always tend to treat those makes as wearable muslins. Very nice ones though!
On to the actual construction. I really love the fit of this pattern with the princess seams. The armhole is at a great spot- not too high- not too low. I really like the look of the faux pockets. But maybe the points are a bit too pointy- I may tweak that shape a bit for my next make. The coverage on this vest is perfect since it is high enough at the neckline to be easily worn on it’s own. I used the smaller size button that I used on the pant so my buttons all match. I think this turned out pretty fantastic for my first go at the pattern. Same goes for the pant. I’ll be remaking these both- with a few fit fixes(especially the pant) in the future.
Here you can see how I really wanted to be able to wear this set- as a modern two piece set. Now I’m really thinking of making a set in cream for Spring! I already was planning on a pant so I might as well make a vest too! They don’t require much fabric and I really enjoy this style!
All the Details
JOY WOVEN VEST PDF Easy fit vest with faux welt pocket and button opening.
Size 10 (Modified the back)
- Faux welt pockets at front
- Princess line
- Button opening, 4 x buttons
- Cut away at centre back
- Easy fit
- Fully lined
Stonemountain & Daughter
Spring is on its way so this outfit is about to get put away until next year- but I can’t wait to wear it again next season! I highly recommend this vest pattern- I love how it turned out. Casual, chic and oh so stylish. Plus you can’t go wrong with a nice twill- and that this make is made of deadstock feels even better. It’s got such a lovely weight and the color is fantastic.
Back soon with more makes- Gotta get all my Fall makes up on the blog before I start sewing for Spring! My Spring/ Summer Capsule Wardrobe plans are completed and I have a ton of fabric ready to go! I’m going to share everything on YouTube- new videos every Friday and then finished makes on the Blog. So stay tuned for lots more sewing goodness.
Until next time, Happy Sewing.