A tripod, and a dress form. I want to get a really good one, so I'm saving my pennies for it. If anyone can recommend a good plus size form, I'd love to hear about it!
So, back in February, which seems like ages ago, I decided to make a vest using this new pattern from Katherine Tilton:
For this version I chose a black open mesh fabric I purchased from Marcy Tilton a year or two ago. I had originally intended the mesh to become an overlay for a top, but this vest pattern proved to be the perfect garment for it. (It also allowed enough leftovers for other projects, including my Back Words top. I still have some scraps, so you haven't seen the last of it yet!)
This was a very easy and rewarding sewing project. Katherine gives several options for finishing the seams. I chose to fold mine under and stich them in place. That's also how I finished the edges. It worked so well it's hard to tell which side they're turned to.
The top goes with many garments in my wardrobe, including the red violet top, the bright pink top from last fall, the Back Words collage top, and this: