Rainbow Trail Vest - Lorraine Torrence

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Short vest with center front opening. Flip-and-sew foundation piecing on a muslin foundation. Curvy line design with self-made bias tape covering raw edges of curves.

Suggested Fabrics: Outside shell: Lt to Md Wt cottons, md wt silks such as pongee, broadcloth, shantung. Lining: Lt wt silk, polyester or rayon lining fabric.

Notions: thread 4-5 colors for top stitching and quilting (cover vest used metallics in red, dk purple, lt blue and gold.) Fine point black Sharpie or other permanent black marking pen. Plain white tissue paper - about 12 sheets 20"-26" for tracing on to foundation fabric. Note: for stitching on medium weight silks, 75 Embroidery or Sharp Microtex machine needles are recommended.

Yardage Chart (Colors listed in parenteses represent colors in cover photo)

For Bottom/Binding (blue) 1 yd 36-45" for vest bottom and binding (45" wide for XL)
For Vest Top (yellow) 1/2 yd of 36" or 45" wide fabric. (45" wide for XL)
For Middle (fuchsia) 1 fat eighth for wavy middle piece
For Strips 1 1/2" wide multicolored strips, 1 ea cut the widthe of the fabric in 8-10 colors
Bias covering (red, turquoise, purple) 3 fat quater for bias covering of raw edges. The rest of the these 3 fat quarters can be used for 3 of the colors in the strip section
For lining 1 yd 45" wide lining fabric
Interfacing 1/8 yd 45" wide lt wt fusible (Touch o' Gold is good)
For Foundation 1 yd preshrunk cotton muslin, plain white cotton or flannel

Sizing Chart (in inches)