Creating a Unique Ladies Vest That Really Fits

From 1995 to 2000 my unique vests were gaining wide acceptance.  Ladies appreciated the quality fabrics and expert workmanship.  I was ,  however,  noticing some reluctance as they gazed in the mirror prior to purchasing.  They frowned as they gazed at the fit,  saying ,   “Let me think about this awhile.”  — no purchase.   Sometimes they would be brave enough to say,  “Why does this  fabric stick out at the armhole?’

I would meekly reply, “Well, the vest is flat –and you are not!”   I might hear a nervous laugh — but not a sale.

This photo illustrates the problem.  A flat piece of cloth has no accommodation for shaping the bust area of my well endowed customers.       Now what?

Back to the drawing board!

I searched through vest patterns at local fabric stores  and found some that made room and provided shaping for my customers that were fortunate enough to have shapely figures.

Darts at the armholes and in the front extending up to the bust,  solved the problem. I now had a better version of the standard 3 button vest.

I breathed a sigh of relief —but wondered if there might be another solution.

Some time ago,  I was looking through the clothing racks at some expensive stores  and trying on the very best vests and jackets.

I noticed that the ones that fit best had panels in the front and back that fitted to my torso. I went back to the fabric stores, searched through patterns and created our Princess Style line.

Check it out!         It curves where you curve.

Here is a close up view of the shaped panels in a Princess Vest.

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2 Responses to Creating a Unique Ladies Vest That Really Fits

  1. Tracey Devlin says:

    I came upon your site after Googling, “how to measure center back length for vest.” I was pleased to see that you provided such detailed info. on determining measurements for both Women’s and Men’s vests. However, I was a bit disturbed by the photo you included that was labelled, “This photo illustrates the problem. A flat piece of cloth has no accommodation for shaping the bust area of my well endowed customers. Now what?” I am a “very” full-figured woman: 56 yrs. old, 5’5″ tall, 200 lbs. with a tiny frame. (Before having kids I weighed 105 lbs.) I have recently returned to horseback riding and am displeased to find that very few clothes for equestrians are designed to fit women who look like me – despite the fact that at the barns at which I ride there are many women of equal or greater size. Your picture bothered me because it seems quite obvious that real women (i.e. with actual curves) have to have allowances made in a flat, 2-D pattern to accommodate their 3-dimensionality. Have you actually come up with princess-seamed vests that address the needs of heavy women? If so, I think you would be inundated with orders. Your webpage is unclear. It seems as if you recognize the problem and came up with a solution, but the link is a dead-end. Please let me know as I would be interested in finding out more about your process. Thanks very much.
    Tracey Devlin

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