Folkwear Sewing Pattern number 126
Vests from Greece and Poland
Package Includes Women's Sizes S(6-8), M(10-12) and L(14-16)
and Men's Sizes S(34-36), M(38-40) and L(42-44)
Pattern condition: Uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.
~ Item for sale is a sewing pattern, not a finished garment ~
People all over the world have always favored vests to warm the body while leaving arms free and mobile. We offer three versions: a short vest from Greece (originally for men, but sized by Folkwear for women as well): a mid-calf Greek vest for women; and two variations of a woman's vest from Poland. All are presented with their authentic decorative techniques.
The short Greek vest is waist-length on women, somewhat shorter on men. It has a narrow band collar, a button and loop at the neck, and curved front edges. This, and the long women's vest, can be made lined or unlined. Fold-over braid binds the edges when unlined, and is optional when lined.
The panels of the long vest flare gracefully from a slightly raised waist. As on many Greek coats and vests, the front opening does not meet, but frames the body. Narrow shoulders and a uniquely pieced back construction are accented by a small pleat on either side of the back and small side slits at teh hemline. With or without lining, fold-over braid is used for finishing.
Both Greek vests are traditionally trimmed with narrow cord or braid and bits of appliqued velvet; several buttons and shells further decorate the shorter one. Designs for all vest embellishments are included in the pattern.
Bodices, or vests, from several areas of Poland are similar in general construction, with differences in detailing and decoration. Our two versions are fitted to the waist with a scoop neckline and laced front opening. Petal-like tabs finish the bottom edge, and are echoed in overlapping shoulder straps. These bodices are usually made of velveteen, and are lined. Optional embellishments include a simple soutache design, or colorful sequin and bead treatment. Other traditional decorative possibilities include embroidery or application of purchased braid.
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