Two more items finished! DH took the photos, so will have to wait to post until he sends me the pictures. (obviously he came through!) The vest is style #124 from the January 2009 BWOF. I made a size 40 with no adjustments. I might need to make a "39" in the future, but this is OK! The fabric is from my bundle from Michael's Fabrics this spring. It is a twill blend--might have some silk? Nice hand and easy to work with. The lining is something from JoAnns. The pants are style #102 from the July 2009 issue of BWOF--also a size 40 with no alterations. The pants are not lined, per the directions. I think I will use this pattern again but will do a slight "butt scoop" to make the seat fit a little better. All in all, I am pleased with these two pieces. I want to wear a belt over the vest--maybe with a white shirt and black slacks? I made both garments together but not necessarily to wear together. DH took the photo on the balcony of our condo--I love the tropical feel of the grounds here!
We are going to go up to Santa Monica this afternoon--I want to go to the Zara store to examine some of their jackets. I have the Vogue 7579 pattern ready to cut out and am contemplating using some of the construction techniques used in the Zara garments. Lyndsey T made the jacket using the pattern directions but also mentioned on her blog that the Zara construction technique would still make a nice jacket and would save lots of time and work. I looked at every Zara store we passed in Spain, but didn't really focus on the jacket construction then.