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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir:http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

{My Silk Quilted Vest Creation and YOUR Opinion Requested...}

Need your help and input here... This silk quilted fabric I once found at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco at the time when we frequently went to the west coast for consulting work. From a Burda pattern I did create this vest with one-piece single welted pockets. I am wearing this vest on my Escada pants with an Escada silk blouse. That's exactly the question I want to ask you... How do you like the blouse better; with bow or with a rose? Look below for the different looks and tell me what your opinion is!

  • On April 15, in front of our Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold Oak.
  • I am holding our Sacha girl...
  • This shows you the bow and my hair pulled back in a pony tail.

  • Sacha also is studying that bow... So what do you think?

  • Sacha is very vocal and here she loudly voiced her opinion...
  • I am waiting for yours!

  • I used a Burda pattern and did a lot of top-stitching with Japanese silk thread, from Britex Notions.
  • Colors match very well and it is also completely lined in silk.

  • Using a French barrette clip, I created my own hair bow...

  • This was taken on Sunday, May 6 with my hair down and without the bow.
  • Have a look further and tell me what you like most.
  • This is inside our gazebo...
  • Wearing my Escada pants; Escada silk blouse and Escada pumps.

  • Hair down and here I've twirled the silk necktie into a rose...

  • Different look or not...?
  • Tell me what you like best.

  • Pushed my hair back so you get a better look at my rose...

  • Closeup view...

  • Even closer here.

  • One-piece single welt pockets and matching buttons from Britex Notions.

  • Detail of one-piece single welt pocket and the top-stitching done with silk thread.

  • Yes, they are real pockets!

  • In the back it has a bow and more top-stitching.

Hair down, versus pony tail...

  • Voilà - the back bow and now I'm eager to hear your opinion!

Thanks for your reply as it means a lot to me.

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{Golden Live Oak 'Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold' in Sunshine at its BEST} | previous post by me
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  2. Hi Mariette,

    Your vest is very beautiful. I think the bow and the rose both work. Of course, you're the only one who could pull off this look! Hope you're doing well!

    (from HHB Advertising)

    I accidently deleted the comment before! Sorry!

  3. Mariette, Definitely, the tie made into a rose and with your hair down.Your vest is gorgeous and the rose is so chic and shows off your vest better than with the tie made into a bow. Hope this helps.

  4. Mariette,

    Your vest is lovely and you have such beautiful hair! Both are pretty however I think my preference would be the bow :)


  5. You are such a great seamstress and have a lovely figure to show off your clothes. The vest is beautifully made and I prefer it with the rose at your neck so that you can see the whole vest.

  6. There is something of the fabulously rich and costly dress of the 17th century in your gorgeous vest. I think you look stunning in both versions but my favourite is the rose.


  7. Dearest Mariette,
    what a georgeous work! This vest si such a wonderful piece! And you look so great in it, you are a lovely wonderful lady :O)
    I think, both versions are wonderful :O)
    Have a happy week,
    love and hugs

  8. Dearest Mariette,
    You are all with for happy lades,
    Your beautiful hail bow I like your with Sacha girl.
    You having the gold oak is beautiful
    I love your opinion is lovely ways for you.
    Love you.

  9. Mooi hoor! Ik persoonlijk vind de losse strik het mooist. Vwb haardracht: ik vind opgestoken haar het mooist.
    Groetjes, Inge

  10. Het is prachtig....het staat je goed hoor!!...liefs Ria...xxx...

  11. Hi Mariette,
    Om me aan te sluiten bij de rest van de dames, yes! erg mooi gemaakt hoor!
    Mijn voorkeur gaat naar een combi, half los haar met strik.

  12. Dearest Mariette,
    What a gorgeous, delicately made vest♡♡♡
    My opinion must be going along with some of your friends, and I cannot agree more with your friend Ms. Babs that the rose is so chic and shows off your vest♡♡♡

    I hope you can have some relaxing time with your husband, my friend♪♪♪

  13. DELIZIOSO!!!!!!!!!!! UN BACIONE lORY

  14. Hello Mariette,

    I like the last one which is looking like a rose! You don't see that very often. I like this beautiful clothes, so chique! I am not wearing such chique things always busy around the house, only when I go out or to town!

    Have a nice day!


  15. Mariette,you are such a brilliant seamstress. This is so lovely. I love the gold with the cream. I think the photo with the neck tied in a rose looks beautiful and shows off the vest better. The bow covers too much at the front. The vest accentuates your lovely slim figure too. Your hair looks nicer down and pushed back over your shoulders. ps love the shoes. xx

  16. I vote for the first look! :)

  17. Hello Mariette! You are always beautiful and you're good with both styles, but I like it more with her ​​hair and bow your neck!
    See you soon darling, Lecoq

  18. Beautiful vest! A bow on shirts is very in right now. But I like the rose too. Great thing is wearing something and switching it up each time for different looks. Have a wonderful day. Tammy

  19. Liebe Mariette,
    du bist eine sehr schöne Frau - deine Weste ist traumhaft schön - du hast wundervolles Haar und eine tolle Figur -
    dein Haar- und Halsschmuck gefallen mir sehr -

    hab einen schönen Tag -

    lg. Ruth

  20. Sehr schön und Du kannst es perfekt tragen, liebe Mariette. Auch die Rose steht Dir! Mir persönlich waren so etwas zu viel.
    Ich trage gern ganz einfache unverspielte Sachen. Am Hals mag ich auch nichts Enges.
    In meiner Jugend hat mir das noch nichts ausgemacht, aber heute muß es obenherum weiter sein.

    Deine Nähkünste muß ich auch sehr bewundern! M eist näht man schon nicht mehr gern, wenn man etwas älter wird, wegen der Augen.
    Einfach perfekt!

    Liebste Grüße

  21. Love the rose more than anything and righrly said by another lady it shows the waistcoat better.You have great hair - I think you could also look stunning with the cut you had when you were younger, cut in a short bob, as it just lifts the face - and you have a good bone structure so you can get away with it.I think you know which cut I mean, which I saw once on your blog , a picture from the nineties- it looked fab.I know long air is easier in a way :-))))
    Love as always

  22. Bellissimo il tuo vestito, Congratulations!
    Very nice also the cat!!lovely!!
    good evening!

  23. Dear Mariette
    I think that both ways are equally beautiful. Your hair on you go very beautiful. I love the other way, down, along with the beautiful rose. I can not decide. You can do them with two ways to switch.

  24. Tie made into a rose and hair down. LOVE IT! But...what I really want besides that 2die4 vest is your body! Oh my gosh...darling! :)


  25. wat ben je toch een mooie elegante dame,groetjes irena en bedankt voor je lieve worden

  26. Dear Mariette,

    You look so beautiful in your vest and love both looks, but think my preference is the bow.
    Bows are very fashionable at the moment - I have a white cotton shirt with a bow, which I love.
    The vest is fabulous and love the little welt pockets and the little back bow.

    Hope that you are having a lovely week

  27. Your vest is gorgeous Mariette but above that, you have got the cutest little figure!!! How do you stay so fit? For some reason I can picture you doing yoga!

  28. My dear friend Mariette,
    You look stunning, you are so beautiful, your vest is gorgeous, I love the fabric it is very nice, you did an excellent job. It's very hard to decide which looks better, the bow or the rose, mmmmmm....the bow is very elegant and the rose looks so romantic, I'm truly believe you look fantastic wearing either one or the other, because at the end it is your beauty that makes shine the clothes you wear.
    Send you a big hug my sweet friend,
    love to you

  29. The vest is so beautful! I love all those little details and the hair bow you made to go with it.
    I prefer the rose :-)

  30. Dearest Mariette
    We visit our parents at least once a month. They live 160 kilometers away from Thessaloniki. My husband's parents live , also my mother but my father has died in 2000 aged 69. Thank you for your sweet comment.
    Have a nice day

  31. Hallo Du Liebe,
    vielen Dank für Deine lieben Grüße.
    Es ist immer schön wenn mal ein Gruß für mich reinflattert.

    Deine Weste ist wirklich wunderbar geworden. Auch die Wickeltechnik deines Halstuches kann ich nur bewundern.

    Liebe Grüße

  32. Lovely pictures and a very nice vest. I think the tie and a bow in your hair is very nice. Cute cat. Have a nice day.


  33. Hi Mariette, continued congratulating you! This vest has left you a piece of haute couture, and it is not flatter you, for everything you've shown us that you are very good at sewing! All details of the vest, speak 'for themselves! the fabric is a beautiful selection of colors and you sit very well. I'm not a guru 'of fashion, but I think the rose in the neck and hair in a bun pickup modern, accentuating your face clearing it, making your neck look would be perfect! could be seen the back of the neck, and the vest, concentrating on the details view, your face, vest and bow details and become a beautiful rose! Mariette, you are so talented! I congratulate you for this post! hugs, Rose M.

  34. Ik heb lang moeten kijken...en denken, maar ik ga voor de strik.
    Ik vind dit jou het mooist staan.
    En ook voor het half vaste haar..
    De roos is ook prachtig, maar anders.

    Toen het eerste fotootje tevoorschijn kwam dacht ik: "WOW, wat een pracht van een giletje/vestje, en die strik, hoe sjiek,smaakvol, perfecte combi".

    Dat had ik bij de roos iets minder..ja je vraagt me om mijn mening, wat IK het mooist bij jou vindt, dus dan geef ik die ook.

    Ik vind je vestje zooo mooi, wat een prachtige stof,ook super netjes gemaakt, met paspelzakje enz...dat kunnen ze tegenwoordig bijna niet meer. En het kleurt je prachtig!!

  35. I just want to hug you you're so sweet!

    I like the ponytail with the bow at neck. Such a big look right now and you wear it beautifully.
    You sew so well! Annnd, I want your Sacha. She is beautiful.

  36. This is the KINDEST comment I've ever received and I needed it MORE than you will EVER EVER KNOW! You continue to bless me. Thank you from my heart. Love, Rebecca

  37. The vest is fantastic!
    I think it's nicest with the rose, with your hair down.
    Hugs // Kajsa

  38. Dear Mariette,
    Wow your vest is gorgeous. I love it and the bow either way is stunning my friend. You look like a model and beautiful in each photo.
    Your talents are amazing and always inspiring.
    Love to you, Celestina Marie

  39. Che dire Mariette? You are a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful woman! I love your dress :)


  40. Dear Mariette, you look lovely any way you wear it, but I think you look especially nice with the rose and your hair down. Your sewing skills are divine and your figure accentuates your beautiful creations. Sacha is so pretty, too! Love to you xx

  41. Dear Mariette, I do wish you're my sister, I used to do a lot sewing and knitting when i was a little younger, did tried teach my two sisters to knit, one nearly finish a cardi, its not their interest, they never tried anymore. I love to know someone to sew and knit... to share our experiences show off our creations, my English is poor, don't know what words to use, show off is all I can think of now! :-) I love reading your blog, especial things you made, and the flowers and garden. Have a lovely day Mariette.

    PS: After reading this post again this morning, I am dreaming I want to made a waistcoat like yours, is it out from a pattern? Really do wish you're my big sister! :-)

  42. Liebe Mariette,
    ich finde die Schleife in diesem Falle schöner als den Rosen-Knoten, wenngleich die Rose auch sehr apart ist.

    Auch ich bewundere all Deine Handarbeiten. Ich wüßte nicht, wann ich handarbeiten sollte, denn wenn ich einmal nicht unterwegs bin und mich um Mutti kümmere, liegt mein Haushalt an, putzen, waschen, bügeln, Kochen ... oder der Garten oder Einkäufe... ;-) früher als ich noch eine Zugehfrau 2 x wöchentlich hatte, hatte ich auch noch mehr Zeit für all die schönen Dinge des Lebens ...

    Liebe Grüße

  43. Jetzt sehe ich den Unterschied zu Deiner aktuellen Haarlänge. Aber das Haar wächst auch wieder. Ich bin manchmal auch am Hin- und Herüberlegen, ob ich es nicht doch wieder raspelkurz schneiden lassen sollte. Ist auf jeden Fall wesentlich pflegeleichter. Einmal fix unter die Dusche und kurz mit dem Fön drüber im Winter, fertig. Keinerlei Aufwand!
    Gut schaut es trotzdem nicht immer aus, ob lang oder kurz. Ich habe sehr störrisches Haar. ;-) Aber damit muß man leben. So viel Pflegekrams mag ich nicht, wie Haarspray etc.

    Alles Liebe auch hier nochmal


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