Sometimes it takes me a ridiculously long time to start a project.
Intertia, man. It's a real thing.
But once I finally get going, I'm usually so happy that I did.
Take this project for example. I had it in my mind for weeks - ever since making my first Women's Hero Vest and seeing this gorgeous quilted version. I knew that I had a significant amount of fabric left over from these shorts, but I didn't know if it was enough and I couldn't muster up the effort to actually go downstairs and find out. Eventually I forced myself to lay out the pattern and I found out that with some creative pattern placement (and lining the hood in a different fabric), I would have juuuust enough to make it. Did you know that I get extra pleasure when I finish a project and there's nothing but teeny-tiny scraps of fabric left?
In any case, I made a size extra-small graded out to a small at the hips once again, although as I was quilting up each piece I worried that I should have made one size larger in case the quilting made the pieces shrink a bit. I think it ended up being okay, although I took the vest out of the dryer when it was still damp in case it was prone to shrinking up. Speaking of the quilting, I quilted each piece with a diagonal pattern, 2 inches apart. Quilting garments, by the way, is the perfect way to use up odds and ends of batting leftover from quilting projects.
Once again, I used the instructions on the Make It Perfect website to enclose the zipper in order to have a nice clean finish on the vest. And I used a metal zipper this time rather than a plastic one. All I have to say is "metal zipper for the win!"
Interestingly, despite my proud Pacific Northwest residence, before sewing up these vests for myself I had never actually bought myself a vest and really didn't think of myself as a vest person. But now I find myself reaching to wear this vest all the time. It's funny how things work out sometimes.
Also, thanks to the Pacific Northwest for starting to rain on me after I finally mustered up the energy to take pictures. The slightly blurry photos will just have to suffice.