I got my sewing machine to work! Though I feel kind of stupid now because the problem was so simple. I didn't put the bobbin case in all the way.
Can you believe this is the first time
I have ever
finished sewing the clothing item I've started? The only other time I've tried sewing clothing was seven years ago and I grew out of it at camp before we could finish even one piece of my matching lepoard-print shorts and shirt (I'd just seen Josie and the Pussycats).
The first day, I just cut the pattern out of the pattern sheet.
The second day I assembled it. (and took breaks only for toilet usage!)
The third day I hemmed and photographed it.
Total time: eleven hours. And no, I didn't get help with any of it. It's all me.
The coat is going to be worse. I dread it.
By my calculations, this vest cost about $46: each of the two fabrics was $10 a yard, the buttons were about $1, the liner was about $5 a yard, and the liner tape was $4 (though I only used about $0.25 worth). This is not counting labor. If I were to do it for someone else (which I'm not saying I will!) I'd charge at least two dollars an hour unless the sewing machine didn't cooperate again at which point it would be five dollars an hour.( Seriously, iPod? Stricken by Disturbed followed instantly by Everything Back But You by Avril Lavigne...random is so random.)
I know the pockets aren't aligned vertically. Don't nag. Also the back right panel is the wrong way around. Oops. Like I said, I'm a sewing n00b.
The only time I used a reference for this was when I went fabric shopping. The rest from memory. That's why the front checkered side is on the wrong side. (I think)