The PDF file was easy to open and access. The instructions and video look very informative. I won’t be making the fleece until later in the year. When I have made it I will post a further review
Great pattern for a newbie and Christina gave a rapid response to some questions. Made a few honest mistakes on this first one but a second vest is already in the works and here is hoping it will be mistake free.. Should have followed instructions about basting so ended up with some unnecessary pleats but it won't happen the second time.
I only have a small working area to prepare and sew so I was thrilled at being able to assemble this pdf pattern in such a simple way.
It’s the first time I’ve sewn a garment for my husband but it worked so well and fits him perfectly. I confess to not following the pattern in its entirety but I’d bought a piece of thick fleece fabric from a charity shop for £5 and as he needed an extra layer to help keep warm I decided to make him a gilet (vest). I didn’t line the garment as it didn’t really need it but the size, shape and instructions were excellent. Thank you
Although I'm by now quite experienced, this pattern could reasonably be made very successfully by a confident beginner. The instructions are clear, and include the mysteries of "bagging out" a fully lined waistcoat, which can readily be aplied to other patterns whose instructions are less clear. The finished garments are stylish, comfortable, warm, arms-free practical, and the envy of many friends. Garments, plural; I like this pattern so much I have made four so far. Using high-quality materials (Donegal or Harris tweed, sateen cotton lining and cotton wadding for quilting) costs were about UK£45, compared to £225 for a very similar RTW gilet I had purchased a few months earlier. My only minor criticism is around sizing, and this is not specific to WBM, but the entire fashion industry, which seems to have strange misconceptions about the size and shape of men's bodies. The size needed to fit me comfortably over a flannel shirt (no pullover) proved to be XL. At 1.72m tall and 73kg I am noticeably smaller than average, so that really ought to be considered M or S. Genuinely big men are not catered for, which is a shame.
This is a fabulous pattern that can help you produce a fantastic quality lined vest. The finish result looked stunning. It was really easy to follow and very detailed. The only bit I missed was that the lining and outer shoulder seams are staggered to avoid bulk. It does say this clearly but for some reason I missed it so couldn’t work out why they didn’t line up at first. Then, when I re-read, it was obvious that they aren’t supposed to. I am so happy with the vest I made and already have plans for four more! Thank you for this great pattern.