Monday, August 6, 2012

The Freddie Vest

You may (or may not) remember my post a while back introducing you to The Maker's Journal? Well, we're loving Pamela's patterns so much we're now stocking a limited selection. Now available online, in Surry Hills (and soon in Melbourne), we're sure you'll find one to fancy.

Last month, Pamela joined us at Tessuti Melbourne to host a Freddie Vest Sew Inn class. I loved this pattern from the moment I saw it, so went along and here's my version...


The vest front is made from a current range, double-sided linen called Two Faced Como. The floral lining is a Japanese cotton remnant from way back and the (not real but very rock star) leather back is a small stash find that had been patiently waiting for the perfect project. The Freddie Vest is inspired by the late, great Freddie Mercury after all...


And so, the class was such a great success we've decided to do another one. Details are as follows and if you're interested, please read the following details carefully as we do not offer refunds or transfers on cancelled class bookings:


Freddie Vest Sew Inn Class
Saturday 1st September
Cost: $100 (includes tuition and one copy of Freddie Vest Pattern)

This class is suited to sewers with an intermediate to advanced skill level and includes laying out the pattern and cutting your fabric, straight stitching, topstitching, working with elastic and ribbons, making tucks and casings, gathering, bagging out and hand sewing. The vest combines interesting pattern shapes with lots of different techniques and you're sure to pick up a few tips from Pamela along the way. Each step will be demonstrated and she will be on hand to guide you as you work through your project.

The pattern comes in sizes 8-14 only and is included in the total cost of the class ($100). Please note body measurements below.

                                               Size 8     Size 10    Size 12    Size 14
Bust                                        81cm       86cm       91cm       96cm
Waist                                      63cm       68cm       73cm       78cm
Hip                                         93cm       98cm       103cm     108cm    

Tessuti will offer a 15% discount on fabric and other notions purchased in store on the day of your vest-making class. Below is a list of what you'll need to bring/purchase:

Fabric Vest Front        112cm (fabric width) x 60cm
Fabric Vest Back        112cm (fabric width) x 45cm
Fabric Vest Linin      112cm (fabric width) x 45cm
Elastic                         16mm x 20cm
Ribbon/ Tape for ties   14mm x 90cm

As well as your fabric, ribbon and elastic you will need to bring your own pins, measuring tape, paper scissors, fabric scissors, needle and matching thread.  You are welcome to bring along your own sewing machine if preferred. Class will be strictly limited to 5 students and bookings must be made online here (please be sure to select correct class).
Want to see a couple more Freddie Vests made in the class? Check out Anna's (she modified her pattern, adding the belt on the outside)...

...and Janet's (below)...

Love them? If you're in Melbourne, come join us on Sept 1st.


  1. What a super chic Freddie Vest. Love the contrasting floral and spotted lining on Janets too! Hopefully I can convince Pamela to come up to Sydney and do a Freddie Vest class at Surry Hills.

  2. Gosh what a great pattern. I wish I had the Rewards Points to come Australia for the first time. A great pattern like this could be so fun to do in different iterations. It looks like it's for wovens only. Am I right? Could you use a knit? A vinyl? I have ideas. I might have to do a sew-a-long from afar.

  3. Love the Freddie Vest! Equally, I would LOVE to know where to get some leather like that??

    1. Hey Melanie
      From memory, this was a poly version, and we only received a VERY small piece. You can purchase the real deal from Lefflers (West Melb) or NSW Leather (Colligwood). Failing that, I have something quite similar - in grey - currently in stock. If you'd like a sample posted to you, let me know.

    2. Fabulous - thanks so much Lisa! I'll be popping in tomorrow so I'll check out whats in stock :)


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