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Two-Hour Vests Hardcover – Illustrated, January 1, 1998
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On the plus side, it shows six basic designs and ideas on what can be done with each different type of design. There are full-page pictures of 16 vests made with the different designs, and another 16-17 vests that are shown in artists' drawings.
The ideas are interesting, and the use of fabric and trims is well-done.
On the minus side, the included patterns are rudimentary at best, and must be taken to a copy center for enlargement; the patterns only come in small, medium, and large; and there are no tips on choosing or modifying a vest if you are a not an off-the-rack small-medium-or-large person.
A final major irritation for me is there are no pictures of a real vest BEING WORN by a real person. All of the photographs show vests on hangers in nice background settings. That, combined with the artists' drawings being more impressionistic than realistic, makes the book feel like it was self-compiled and self-published by someone who is very proud of what they sew but doesn't get out much.
It's a good coffee table book for the intermediate to advanced hobby sewer, but I wouldn't recommend it for any use besides that.
The other problem: the patterns. The book shows attractive style variations on patterns that are printed in the book. The instructions say to enlarge the printed patterns by 285%. This is inconvenient, but there is also no size chart to tell you what the size designations really mean. The patterns are called Small, Medium, and Large, but that tells you nothing. There are no body measurements to refer to. There are also no finished garment measurements that would give the reader a clue. You must enlarge the pattern, then measure it to find out which-if any-size will fit. The book also says nothing about pattern adjustments for different figure types. Most of these styles would need some changes to fit full figured or tall women.
Although some of the vests pictured in the book are very appealing, you would need advanced sewing knowledge to get them to fit.