The body of this vest was cut from two long kimono panels from Laura Murray Designs. Carrie wanted to include as many of the blue-outlined leaves as possible, so she pieced the back to take best advantage of those elements. The back pieces are framed with multi-color raw silk scraps from Mekong River Textiles. Carrie was able to use the selvage edge of the same scrap to create the band, so it is a single light weight layer. The fabric for the sides was found in Carrie’s stash; its not silk, but the colors were just right! Directions for making a swing-sided vest are included in this free download, Make a Tabula Rasa Vest. Of course, a vest can also be made with a basic side panel and you can see other samples like that in this photo gallery.