Truth be told, I actually had the Lonetree Vest on my #2017MakeNine and after making the Lonetree Jacket and Kelly Anorak, I decided not to make the vest. But, when Raspberry Creek Fabric sent me some of their new lightweight twill, I knew it was time to revisit the Lonetree Vest.
The Pattern and the Vest
The Lonetree Jacket and Vest was the first pattern that Allie Olsen from Indie Sew. I mentioned a lot of my thoughts on the pattern in my first post about the Lonetree Jacket and many of them still stand true.
I decided to sew up the vest this time because I felt like the drapiness of the twill would be a better fit for the vest than the full jacket. It also made it a relatively quick make.
I used different snaps this time which made the whole process a lot easier. I used a kit I had from the Kelly Anorak, but I think this version on Amazon is the same. I personally had a hard time the last time with the Dritz snap kits, and found these to be much easier to work with.
I ordered the remainder of my notions from Wawak – my absolutely favorite for sewing notions. It’s so quick!
I made no adjustments to the pattern other than double interfacing the collar. Because of the drapiness of the fabric, both collar pieces needed interfacing. I ended up using Pellon SF 101 for some emergency last minute collar interfacing and it made a huge difference in the collar.
I also decided to bind the seams of the facings and the hem. The sewalong from Indie Sew is a huge help and they recommended binding the seams of the facings and I think it adds a really fun touch.
Because I didn’t have twill tape that matched, I also sewed up my own drawstrings. I used the Joy Jacket pattern piece for the drawstrings because I had it but it would be super easy to draft your own if you needed to.
I used the Medium Heathered Grey Lightweight Tropical Twill from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and a rayon CLUB print for the hood and inside of the pockets. I have been dying over this rayon print for a while and was so excited for the excuse to use it!
I really enjoyed working with the lightweight twill because it was super easy to work with. It has a similar drape to tencel but I found it to be less slippy. Also, it’s a fraction of the cost – which is a nice bonus too! Raspberry Creek has this twill in a couple different colors and also carry traditional tencel as well.
While I would probably recommend making the Lonetree Vest as opposed to the jacket in this fabric, it’s a perfect fit for the new Joy Jacket from Chalk and Notch. In fact, it’s what Tami used for hers!
I Love Making Jackets!
I shared this on Instagram last week, but I just love making jackets. I’ve now made 7 jackets and a vest in the past year and am always thinking about the next one. They’re just so fun – and you can wear them a million times and no one looks at you funny for wearing the same thing over and over again. On Instagram I was asked if I’ve kept them all or given any away – I’ve kept all 7 jackets and the only one I don’t wear is my Ellsworth, I think because it’s just not me. But my Chloe, Lonetree Jacket, Kelly Anorak, Clare Coat, Joy Jacket 1 and Joy Jacket 2 are all wardrobe staples!
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Raspberry Creek Fabrics kindly sent me the fabric used in my Lonetree Vest free of charge, but as always, all opinions are my own.