Waistcoats and Vests

I’m going with a theme today of “waistcoats”- or “vests” for our American friends. WonkyZebra 122 At Midi Waistcoat  WZ122 As an aside – it is quite a challenge to keep on top of the transatlantic jargon for the Etsy shop. Waistcoats/vests, trousers/pants cushion/pillow (forgot that one for ages) and I am sure I am missing a word like “romper “ or something for what I call hot pants or shorts! Anyway – today waistcoats ( sorry, but “vest”  keeps giving me images of the essential 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, undergarment – string or woolly – but needed pre-central heating  🙂 … WonkyZebra 00Z AT vest  P11 I like these to make in crochet; sort of a “halfway garment” for me. Halfway between a full project and an accessory, halfway between climate options and halfway between cool fashion item and “old lady layering”! WonkyZebra 00Z at Crochet CoverUp Tunics FK71 P12   WonkyZebra 00Z Best Of Crochet AT Image39  P13 WonkyZebra 080 Dt 6423 crochet waistcoat WZ080  WonkyZebra 00G AT Gypsy Vest 2929 Image1P14 Plus from a technique point of view – halfway between quick and easy safe projects and experimental fancy lace stitches. WonkyZebra 378 B Fringed Crochet Vest FK71 WZ378  WonkyZebra 00Z Happy Days AT Image08  P15 However – you have to admit-sometimes a halfway option is the sensible answer for weather, budget and style; not to mention crochet skill or enthusiasm levels. It is quite forgiving of learner mistakes and tension/size issues as it does not actually have to fit exactly to a size; a little overlap or skimpiness is tolerable. WonkyZebra 00Z WDSC09 AT Image20A P16  WonkyZebra 00Z WDSC10 Short Vest P17 WonkyZebra 00Z Long Vest WDSC08 P18  WonkyZebra 00Z at Patterned Waistcoats 2143 P19 WonkyZebra 00G BT Crochet Jacket 2929 WZ606  WonkyZebra T Hayfield Cruise Fashions H19 P21 Plus, they come in all sorts of styles; short and cute, WonkyZebra NewIdeas Image14at P22  WonkyZebra NewIdeas Hippy Top P23 long and lacy – these tend to be more 70’s versions, WonkyZebra 093 AT Crochet Waistcoat Dscn6901 WZ093  WonkyZebra 00Z AT Rich Waistcoat P24 WonkyZebra 404 AT Cara Trouser Suit 11 WZ404   WonkyZebra 00Z AT Sleeveless Coat 8992 P25 Some patterns have both versions, or are quite fancy. WonkyZebra 361 A TVest and Sleeveless Coat 5935 WZ361  WonkyZebra 361 Vest and Sleeveless Coat DT WonkyZebra 00Z at Crochet Waistcoat 5927 P26 WonkyZebra 00Z Best of Crochet A P27 One of those last two is quite mannish so I won’t leave the gentlemen out… WonkyZebra 00Z at Mans Waistcoat A2581 P30 I do have quite a few for men, although this one is knitted. Also, a big bonus for me is that one of these actually stands a chance of getting finished LOL. Apparently I am more of a” starter/ instigator” than “finisher/completer” (sorry for the psycho jargon – but they made us do the whole test / team building thing at work… which was… interesting)! Anyone looking at my UFO [Un Finished Objects] project fallout could have worked that out 🙂 . I guess I like the initial inspiration and lose some interest once the pattern puzzle is cracked and the proof of concept interest has passed… sigh. Hence the large pattern collection… and wool stash. Oh – hang on – waistcoats are good for using up halfway amounts of wool – between sleeved tops and hats… Which is where we came in 🙂 and believe it or not, I still have lots more ; some with suits, some motif or granny crochet and some for children. Enjoy the waistcoats. Or Vests! I may post some more later, if I get interest.. do feel free to contact me on here or via the shop.

About WonkyZebra

WonkyZebra and I have collected tons of patterns over the years. Before this was fashionable and the whole “vintage” thing happened, it was just considered to be a funny sort of hoarding; a bit “anorak” to use one of the slightly mocking terms us English specialise in. Now it is a wonderful source of lost treasure in the online textile universe; who would have guessed! It was quite a relief to find there are many others “out there” who appreciate a good pattern-and maybe even enjoy using them! I think it is a good thing anyone can get access to the designs instead of just those lucky enough to find them in gran’s workbox or charity shops. So, here we are with all our hoard, trying to make it all available as fast as we can…hooves don’t help much so it is down to me. I squeeze it in between actual crocheting, knitting, life, and other sundries. Vintage patterns; PDFs for sale at http://wonkyzebra.etsy.com
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