Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Sweater Vest using Lodo Dress

When I walk the treadmill, I watch You Tube and find inspiration.

What do I watch?  Sewing related, style, lifestyle, decorating you name it.

I discovered What to Wear and love it.  One item mentioned in the videos is a sweater vest and I loved how she suggested styling it.

Style Maker Fabrics' had this fabulous cable sweater knit in several colors and I found some in her Selvage Yard section.  It was 2/3rds of a yard and I thought I could squeeze out the vest.  If not then the cable knit could be for a granddaughter.  

From the time the sweater vest was mentioned on What to Wear, I knew I would use the
 True Bias Lodo Dress.  The v-neck was perfect and with a few changes it would be just what I wanted in a sweater vest.

I eliminated the sleeve cap, cut it a bit wider through the body, needed room to layer.  Deepened the armhole just a bit to accommodate a blouse.  I just held the pattern up to my body for length, good news, it was just what I needed to make the vest!

It took about 45 minutes to cut and sew this garment and it was just what I had in mind for a sweater vest.  Now the fun begins in my layering options!

I had this boyfriend blazer from Loft, a couple years old and knew the wine sweater knit would make a great outfit.

I could have taken a bit more out of the sleeve cap but I am good with the look and so happy with my vest.


  1. I've been searching for the perfect pattern to hand knit a vest, but this is such a great idea I think I might plan to sew one instead :-) Love the way you styled it (I watch What to Wear on YouTube too!), thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What to Wear is one of my favs too. You did a lovely job on this vest. such a pretty color.