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.
8     Size 10    Size 12   
Size 14
Bust                                        81cm      
91cm       96cm
Waist                                      63cm      
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 Lining       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
 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.