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Envigado, the must-have vest for fall (ITS blogtour)

by Elsa
Envigado Vest

When Kennis first asked for testers for the Envigado*, I had so much to do I passed…and I was really sad! So when I was co-opted for the blogtour I knew what pattern I would use as my main piece.

This is the perfect outfit for transitioning to fall. Actually, I’ve just sewn another Itch to Stitch pattern, a jacket for fall*, but shhhhh one never has too many vests/jackets!

Itch to Stitch Blog Tour 2019


Do not miss my fellow bloggers’ articles:


September 16th 
September 17th 
September 18th 
September 19th 
September 20th 


Keep reading for tour details, discount code, and more…


The pattern

The Envigado* is a vest with patched pockets and a drawstring at the waist.

Envigado Vest, La Casa Cactus

Front and back princess seams nicely shape the bust.

A snap placket hides the zipper and the stand-up collar (that I adore!) gives the whole jacket a more structured look than a more classical pointed collar.

Envigado Vest, La Casa Cactus


My Envigado

I chose to sew my Envigado vest* out of lightweight navy blue corduroy I had in my stash (Tissus Lolieshop). In order to complement that fabric, I bought some notions and it was a bit tricky because I wanted a navy blue zipper with silver teeth. I found all I needed on my usual e-haberdashery, Mercerie Extra.

The cord is homemade and so simple to sew: some cording and some wide twill tape. I used my cording foot to enclose the cord (as if doing piping). Then I folded the extra twill tape around the cord and zigzaged over it. Necessity is the mother of invention!

Envigado Vest, La Casa Cactus

I sewed a size 8 bust blended to a size 10 waist and hips. No other alterations.


The finishing touch

While I was cutting my fabric and interfacing, I realized that some Hong-Kong finish would be nice. I decided to use a lovely Liberty lawn I had been gifted and cut my bias (using Kennis’ method of the Continuous Loop).

You may ask what a Hong-Kong Finish is? It’s a way to finish your seam allowance with bias. So much nicer than a mere serged edge, but it does add extra time to your sewing so keep that in mind (I didn’t!).

Look at that inside (I didn’t really follow Kennis’ instructions to the T because that lawn was flimsy).

Envigado vest, La Casa Cactus

Pair it with a shirt and denims. The shirt is my favorite Bonn, another great Itch to Stitch pattern (I wrote about it here).

Envigado Vest, La Casa Cactus

You can also pair it with other Itch to Stitch’s bottoms for a great look (click on the image to get to the pattern page):

Just perfect for pottering around in the garden!


For you, lovely readers there’s a code for 25% off the Envigado vest pattern*, valid today, Sept. 19, only: 919itsblogtour25.

This code is also valid today only for the following patterns: Carey Top, Zamora Blouse, Idyllwild Top and Dress, Orono Top, Davina Dress, Salamanca Cropped Jacket.

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Aimee Wilson 20 September 2019 - 3 h 47 min

Your vest is amazing!

ElsaP 20 September 2019 - 8 h 53 min

Thank you! It was a pleasure sewing it.

auschick 20 September 2019 - 1 h 23 min

This is beautiful. I love the texture in the fabric and your hardware is gorgeous!

ElsaP 20 September 2019 - 8 h 55 min

Thanks! I ‘ve been hunting this hardware because I was dead-set on silver hardware and I really didn’t think it would be tricky to source a navy zipper with silver teeth!!!

Ilse Lemmens 19 September 2019 - 20 h 14 min

Your Envigado looks awesome! Good job!

ElsaP 20 September 2019 - 8 h 56 min

Thank you Ilse! 2 weeks sewing the Envigado and the Atenas…I need a bit of rest: they were not tricky, just time-consuming projects!

Crystal M Rice 19 September 2019 - 17 h 53 min

Your navy cord makes a fantastic Envigado! I really like the zig zag stitching on your piping as well. This pattern is possibly my most proud sewing ever. I love yours!

ElsaP 20 September 2019 - 8 h 57 min

Thank you! You should have seen my face when I found out I had no navy blue cording (and no opportunity to drive and buy some!). I sometimes am thankful for my ever-expanding stash!!!

Carmen 19 September 2019 - 15 h 59 min

This is a gorgeous vest and the Hong Kong finish is beautiful!

ElsaP 20 September 2019 - 8 h 58 min

I agree with the HK finish. This is a time-worthy step for unlined jackets/vests. I may never go back to simply serged seam allowances!



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