Sizes XS - 2XL
These authentic designs can be lavishly decorated, embroidered, appliquéd, and otherwise embellished. This sewing pattern includes a short vest for men or women from Greece, a mid-calf Greek vest, and two variations of a Polish woman's vest with petal-shaped tabs along the bottom edge.
The short Greek vest is waist-length on women and slightly shorter on men. It has a narrow band collar, a button and loop at the neck, and curved front edges. The short and long Greek vests can be made lined or unlined. Fold-over braid binds the edges of the short vest when unlined, and is optional when lined.
The panels of the long Greek 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 the 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 appliquéd velvet; several buttons and shells further decorate the shorter one. Designs and instructions for all vest embellishment 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 Polish vest 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.
Suggested fabrics: Medium to heavyweight, closely woven fabrics such as denim, velveteen, corduroy, silk, velvet, wool, blends, and upholstery fabric.
This pattern is available as a paper pattern and a PDF pattern. This is the PDF version (for the paper pattern, go here). After checkout, you will receive a link to a zip file with the pattern. It is best to download the file on a computer (rather than a device). This PDF pattern has multiple files: Sewing instructions; Print at home versions (Long Greek Vest is 30 pages, Short Greek Vest is 12 pages, Polish Vest is 12 pages); Copyshop versions (for 36" and A0 paper), and detailed Embroidery instructions.