Walked by this fly fishing vest in the window of a vintage store and knew we had to get it for a friend. In the meantime, I took a few pictures and notes on the amazing variety of pocket construction in this vest, for future sewing projects.
The vest itself is double layered, and topstiched along the arm openings and front/bottom opening.
The upper pocket has a patch of faux shearling, whcih matches the shearling of the fly case. On all the pockets with the upper covering, it's fastened with velcro and the upper cover is double layered, while the lower pocket is single layered. The lining on the upper lets the velcro closure attach without being visible.
Inside, while unzipped, there's a quick closure with a small bit of webbing.
They really went all out with this vest's details… the nail clippers are decorated as a beautiful fish.
The interior has an additonal seven pockets… Why not? It makes me want to get into fly fishing so I can have a need to use so many pockets.
Another pocket on the back, map sized. The bottom is 3d (about 1.5") and the top comes to a pleat when it meets the zipper, and the top two inches of the pleat are stitched down.
I also like this method of zipper attachment, where the top of the zipper is left raw and exposed. That's repeated on the interior zipper pocket too.
Just a photo on the cutting mat, for scale. HPS to hem is about 20", the side body is about 7.5". The front and back armscythes have the same curve.
The zipper attachment is done in an interesting way on this padded case.
Makes me want to use my All Well Cardigan Coat pattern as a base and make a ridiculous pocketed vest for… something… Nature sketching??
I also think these pockets and construction are great inspiration for adding onto and inside bags, and also just the sheer creativity of how many pockets can you stack!? I mean, the lower right (when wearing) has THREE zippered pockets plus the 3d velcro pockets on top, all in one stack.