Smplicity's Khaliah Ali Vest pattern

This vest is from Simplicity 2635, Khaliah Ali Plus Size sportswear pattern which includes tunic, dress, vest and pants.  This is a lined vest, and the construction is pretty nifty. You sew everything together except for the side seams, turn it, and then sew the side seams of the lining and the outer fabric in one shot. It's hard to describe, but the Simplicity people have done a good job in illustrating it.

I have decided that I really like vests! I made one last fall, and found it to be a great piece in my wardrobe that was less constricting than a jacket, but offered the same tummy camouflaging benefit, as well as just enough warmth. The one that I had made was rather short, so I was looking for one that had a longer line, and this pattern fit that requirement.   I like all of the Khaliah Ali patterns- they are very stylish and flattering for a larger figure. This vest pattern has princess seams in front and back, faux welt pockets, as well as a nicely shaped hem front. There is a tie and a little shaped hem.. So, there are really lots of nice features to this one.  

I used a silk/rayon blend from Vera Wang for the outer fabric, and a rayon/poly lining for the interior. The silk is luscious and weighty. I only had a small piece of it, and thought a vest would be a great way to use it.  I don't think I'll sew this one again, but I do recommend it. For me personally, I don't think it is quite as flattering as the Simplicity 2556 pattern that I made before, so I will probably go back and lengthen it instead of making this one again.

This one if part of my Spring Wardrobe Plan in navy, white and dove gray. I'm making progress! So far, I've got 2 skirts, 2 blouses, 1 knit top, one jacket and one vest completed.

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