About half way through making this, I was not happy. Now I am unsure why. I rather like it. Maybe a sugar dive.
Is it a vest? or a dress? or a duster? And just what is a duster? The Fillmore created by The Sewing Workshop (TSW) could be any of these. The sleeves are extended and not too deep, so it could be a spring dress, though I don't usually show that much skin. I'll take that under advisement.
It has interesting lines and was great fun to make.
Fabric: I purchased this Brussels washer from Waechter's right before they went out of business. As you may know, Brussels washer is a linen-rayon blend, with the best of each, IMO. I had buried this in the stash waiting for just the right pattern.
Cutting: Only the collar, center front panels, and front circular pieces could be cut from folded fabric. Every piece in the back is different, requiring single layer cutting. With just about 2.5 yards, I had to be careful cutting it out.
Sewing: It was pretty straight-forward though I had to double-check some of the markings to make sure I did not invert any of the pieces. The instructions were required reading.
I was surprised about the extended cap sleeves, even though it is clearly stated in the pattern description. When I tried it on before attaching the arm binding, I was worried. It was anything but flattering! Sewing the binding on made a huge difference - it increased the circumference and placed the edge at a more flattering spot.
And I love this collar:
Oh, and check out the pockets hidden behind the circular pieces on the fronts:
Of course, this would be very attractive with stripes and coordinating fabrics, as seen on TSW website, especially the back. In this solid color, the interesting design lines are lost.
As I was making it, I could not imagine making another but, after wearing it, I'm thinking it might be a good travel vest out of something that does not wrinkle. There are some handy places to hide pockets.
All in all, this is a winner, I think.