Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hanacky Vest

I have gotten some emails, with questions regarding the Hanacky vest. Thanks for the feedback! As anyone making Czech costumes discovers, there are really no patterns. So what I did for the Hanacky vest was to use a vest from one of Sarah's costumes and I made this pattern. I did a lot of research on these costumes but the best suggestion for this vest came from a good friend, Alica Vida. (See her drawing in an earlier post.) The front of the vest will have one closure at the bottom and the front of the vest will be diagonal. All of my embroidery and bead work is done by hand. I know machine embroidery is more practical but I don't have a machine and I have really come to appreciate hand work much like our ancestors did. The design on the front of the vest came from a book I found on the internet, Czecho-Slovakian Embroideries. Once Sarah decided on a design, I scanned it in the computer and printed out the design on transparent vellum. I have found this is the easiest way to trace to the fabric. If you really need a pattern for a vest, this (see photo) is a pattern I found at a local store. As you notice, these are not for Czech costumes. However, you can take the pattern, trim to fit and adorn. Should you make your pattern, I suggest you keep your pattern drawn on kraft paper (or the back of gift wrap works too) for future reference.

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