Make a statement with your own take on this boro inspired reversible vest. Designed by Jane MacDonald in 2017, this garment is both comfortable and versatile to wear.
There are many fabric and colour combinations that work well to make this unique vest. Consider fabrics such as yarn dyed, tsumugi, yukata, shibori dyed, kasuri fabrics including worn out fabrics to give them new life. There really is no limit but consider the thickness of the fabrics as you will be stitching through a few layers, looser weave fabrics work the best.
Some knowledge of garment assembly is assumed in these instructions.
2.5m (2.75yd) print fabric for reverse side of vest
Large assortment of vintage Japanese yukata blue and white fabrics for outside of vest to total approx 2.8m (3yd). Alternatively use fabric from your collection as there are many possibilities and they all work
8cm (3in) square of 5mm washout dot grid fabric for brooch
5cm (2in)square of quilt batting/wadding for broach
Long sashiko needle
Hera marker or erasable marker suitable for dark fabric such as a chalk pencil
Strong craft glue such as Helmar 450 for brooch
Brooch kit HC-1 available from BeBe Bold
Non-fusible interfacing or large sheets of paper for patterns
Lightweight iron-on interfacing
Finished size: approx Australian Women’s size 14-16
Length 67cm (26½in)
Fabric suggestions for reverse side of vest:
Consider a fabric that isn’t too heavy for the reverse side of the vest as you will be stitching through a few layers. Jane likes takumi or sarasa fabrics which are ideal. Mount fuji takumi fabirc used in sample 13N-7b would also work well chrysanthemum takumi fabric (18N-2B)