I finally got the chance to do some sewing for myself. Last week, I started a photography class offered through the Smithsonian; it's called "Capturing D.C. Digitally" and involves a LOT of walking around the monuments on the Mall for four successive Thursday evenings. At the first class, I had all my camera equipment in my Professional Tote, as well as my purse. What a hassle! I was constantly putting them down, picking them up, fearing I'd lose them... Not fun! But then I had an idea...
When I was in Puyallup for the Expo, I picked up the Green Pepper Rogue River Vest pattern.(PDF file). Even though this is a fishing vest, it sure looks like a photographer's vest to me. So I decided to make it, in time to use at the second class.
The pattern is very well done, and the instructions are fabulous. The pieces went together flawlessly, and the markings are very accurate. And I learned a new skill: shortening a separating zipper!!
Here's the front view:
Pockets!!! Does this thing have pockets!!! Thirteen pockets on the outside.
I do have one beef with this vest: It runs on the large side. I followed the instructions to use my measurements over clothing to determine the size, and made it up in Large. I could have easily made it in Medium. It really is a bit too big:
I might make this vest again, in a smaller size, and maybe just a hair longer. And I'll probably leave off the center front buckle. And add an elastic-topped pocket for my water bottle. But I do highly recommend the pattern.