For this project I used a Paw Prints pattern by Dana
Bontrager called Kimono Jacket and Vest.
Since this is a rather boxy
vest, I decided to add about
4" in length to the pattern
and then added width to the
sides, below the armhole, in
a wedge shape to make more
of a swing shape to the vest.
I'd like to wear this vest both ways, so I added a snap so I can wear it closed and can also
let it hang open.
Here is a closeup of the stitching I did on the neckband
using #5 Pearl Cotton and Sashiko stitching. I got the
idea from an excellent article entitled Pocket Panache in the October/November 2013 Vogue Patterns Magazine.
The long red item on the left is a button from JoAnn Fabrics (amazing!) that I stitched on with some small black beads to cover the holes in the button.