It happens, even, and maybe especially, after a super fast first make of the year. I start something that seems pretty straight-forward, and then it becomes a project. My evil twin keeps telling me to just throw it in the trash can. But my other evil twin - the persistent (read, stubborn) side - wins and I keep plodding along.
Almost 3 years ago now, I made some red wool pants. Now I have made and worn and felt good in red pants many times. But these were not good. I felt like a huge red flag. I do not think I ever wore them outside of my house.
And at some point, I dismantled them. It's a deep rich shade of red with blue undertones. My stash contained the pieces of the pants, plus the remnants. It was just enough to make a vest, I thought.
The two main pieces fit nicely on the deconstructed pants and the band came out of the remnants. I had to re-cut the armscye to accommodate tops and shirts. And I decided to make a two-piece band so that I would not have wool right against my neck. The back side of the band is silk shantung. This is not only easier on my neck but provides a nice stabilizing effect too.
|The silk looks lighter in the picture than it is IRL. It's very close to the color of the wool.|
Things were moving along nicely until I noticed a tear near the hem on one front, and two tears on the other front.
My first reaction was to add pockets to each front. But that looked odd, given the location of the tears. After seeing a beautiful red dress on Instagram, I was inspired to applique circles over the tears, adding a 3rd at the back neckline.
|Sue Stoney's upcycled wool shawls|
but then I'm not 100% happy with this vest.
It's too short - at least for this gray tee shirt.
I don't think the silhouette is very flattering.
I have picked out way too many stitches on this little piece.
I had thought I'd add meandering red sashiko stitching to it. But I won't, at least now. It's time to move on.