Friday, February 19, 2010

Pattern Review - McCall's 5887

Description: Misses lined vest in three lengths; Vests A, B, C and D are close-fitting, princess seams with back slit; Vest B has collar; Vests C and D have welts; Vest E has detail seaming; back darts, collar with lapels; side front pockets and optional purchased belt.

Sizing: 6 to 22.

Instructions: Very easy to follow, this is a quick and easy project.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked the many views this pattern had to offer. Several options and with these options you can go to a simple and quick vest to one with more design options and a more construction time.

Fabric: The $1.95 a yard Vera collection from I used this for a skirt (review soon) and had just enough left to cut out a vest. .

Changes: I didn’t want my vest to be that short, so I added 2” at the lengthen/shorten line. With this in mind and the fact the description states close-fitting, I cut out a size 12 and then tapered to a 14 at the hip area. I thought with the extra length the bottom of the vest would be ending at the high hip area. This was a good change.

After reading my Sandra Betzina book, I added easestitching at the front bust area and the front armhole area. She stated to add this stitching to pull the vest to the body.

Some changes for lack of fabric:

1. The side front is cut on the bias as I didn’t have enough to cut it straight of grain

2. Interfaced the front pieces (as stated on the instructions) and interfaced the side front also. Thought the bias needed some stabilizing

3. The pattern calls for the front piece for the lining to be cut from fabric, I didn’t have enough so it is cut from lining.

Conclusion: A fun vest, that I hope I will wear. I probably will wear it buttoned up or with only the top button. Using lining for the front piece instead of the fashion fabric isn’t the best option for wearing it unbuttoned. The lining shows as you wear it and that doesn’t look so good.


Unbuttoned, don't mind the goofy smile!

Bias side front:

Note to self - time for a new white blouse !


  1. Excellent fullness placement! Good looking, I must say!

  2. That vest looks so good on you, it has a really nice shape to it. I love the fabric and the buttons are perfect.

  3. That vest looks fabulous on you. It fits you perfectly.

  4. Wow, great outfit! I'm not a vest person usually but I love this.

  5. Your vest looks great! I like it with the white shirt.

  6. The vest looks great on you and of course you used the perfect fabric.

    Thanks for your helpful suggestion on my dress.

  7. That vest looks terrific, and I love it with the blouse and jeans. Nice outfit!

  8. Very cute! Putting the side panels on the bias makes it more interesting, IMHO. Nice styling with the white blouse and jeans....lookin' good!!

  9. Your vest is lovely. And I loved the fabric you used!

  10. Love the whole outfit -- the vest is wonderful. The bias side panels make it really special.

  11. Great looking vest love your fabric choice.

  12. It looks fantastic! I love it!

  13. I just love look fabulous !

  14. Nice looking vest, very flattering fit. I like the use of the bias for the side front piece, whether by design or to save fabric.

  15. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Sorry I'm late to the comment party on this post, but I am behind on my commenting. But I meant to tell you how great this vest looks on you. Love it!