Watercolour Floral Reversible Waistcoat

Our reversible waistcoat for women features both a solid and floral print.

Details

A waistcoat version of our ever-popular reversible jacket, this lightweight layer is styled with a bold watercolour floral print on one side, solid blue on the reverse. Block printed in India exclusively for Orvis. Lightly quilted. Stand collar. Button-and-loop closures. Reversible waistcoat for women in multi floral. 100% cotton. Hand wash.
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL; about 24" long.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 36 reviews

5-star:
27
4-star:
7
3-star:
2
2-star:
0
1-star:
0

35 of 36 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    8/28/2014
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  • 4/5

    Beautiful Colors, Versatile Vest - 8/13/2014
    By: from Central Montana
    Top 250 Contributor

    Very nice vest that goes with so many colors. I do think the size M runs a bit large, so it tends to look a little boxy on me, but it's so pretty that I always receive compliments on it.

  • 5/5

    perfect with jeans - 7/15/2014
    By: from Seattle, WA

    I love this vest. It goes well with so many of the colors I wear and really dresses up a pair of jeans. The tags on the collar are gently sewn on so that they can be removed easily, making the vest reversible. Wala! two for one. The fit is true and it keeps its shape. I definitely recommend this vest - it will become your favorite because it goes with so many tops.

  • 4/5

    love the blue side - 6/11/2014
    By: from Rockies

    I found that altho I usually need a M in this vest a S was a better choice.

  • 5/5

    Gorgeous Vest! - 6/6/2014
    By: from Fair Lawn, N J

    I love this vest and feel that the fit was very good. It feels soft and comfortable. I'm looking forward to wearing it a lot!! Thank you Orvis.

  • 5/5

    Neat Vest - 5/31/2014
    By: from Northern New York
    Top 100 Contributor

    This was a gift for my wife and she really likes it. It provides a little added warmth on cool days at work and gets lots of compliments from coworkers.

  • 3/5

    Departure from feminine shape - 5/28/2014
    By:
    Top 500 Contributor

    I love the colors and fabric. I purchased a similar vest several years ago but it had a graceful curve in the side seams. This is more boxy. The armholes are large and the bust area is very very flat. and I am only a 38b. this causes a gaping arm hole to show when you try to button. I will probably decide to have it altered, which considering the price I paid for this vest, is very disheartening. I only kept it because this fabric personally pleased me, ORVIS, please go back to the pattern you used about 7 years ago with shaped side seams with 2 inch vents.

  • 4/5

    Watercolor Floral Reversible Vest - 5/28/2014
    By:

    I love the vest. However, when I got ready to wear it the first time I found that the white button on the solid color side was missing.

  • 5/5

    Great purchase - 5/20/2014
    By: from Cecil, WI

    Wonderful fit. Accessorizes many of my outfits. Brightens up a grandmother's look! Can wear it anywhere and will.

  • 5/5

    crisp - 5/15/2014
    By: from Michigan

    this is a very comfortable and versatile vest....good with denim skirts, jeans, or plain trousers. the reverse side is blue with white buttons..very crisp. it was a good purchase

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Exclusively for Our Customers:
Orvis Handcrafted Reversible Jackets

The story of our exclusive block-printed jackets began more than twenty years ago, when Orvis Women’s Product Development Specialist Sharon McNamara traveled to Jaipur, India in search of British-inspired block-printed fabrics. The artistry and skill of the regional craftspeople there lead to the creation of our most popular women’s jackets of all time.

Sharon recently shared her memories of that:

“In those days, elephants, camels, and burros were used to transport the fabric to the remote villages of the Jaipur region. I was the only western visitor in the village at that time, and I met with the country’s premier block printer. He worked in a room that was covered from floor to ceiling with boxes of print blocks. Each wooden block was carved by hand and it could take up to two weeks to carve some of the more elaborate patterned blocks. I learned that each print takes multiple blocks – the most elaborate fabrics can require as many as 28 different blocks. Because they are made of wood, each block can only be used less than 300 times before its crisp, precise lines become blurred and a new block must be carved.

I quickly learned how difficult the printing process can be, after trying it! Master printers, using techniques that are centuries old, are highly valued for their skill. It takes great strength and a steady hand to line up the blocks precisely to get the exact print. Men do the block printing and women do all the embroidery and embellishments by hand, after the fabric is dyed and finished.

At that time, all of the dyes used in this village came from nature. For example, black dye was made from a combination of iron horseshoes and blackstrap molasses. After the fabrics were dyed in huge outdoor earthen vats, they were washed three times and then laid out on the desert floor to dry. The sun would bake in the color, setting the dye.

The finished fabrics were then carried to the town of Jaipur via burro, where they were used to create reversible jackets, pairing two different prints with a fine layer of lightweight cotton fill in between. The materials were sewn by hand and trapunto-stitched on a single-needle treadle machine. The women in the workrooms would create the self-covered buttons by hand and detail the jackets with further embellishments and embroidery, depending on the design.

The quality and care that go into our reversible jackets is unparalleled, and every jacket is still a unique, handcrafted work of art. The men and women we work with in India take great pride in continuing this centuries-old tradition of artistry and block printing. Our longtime vendor partners – Sam Hilu and Raman Monga – are the guardians of this tradition of quality.”

Orvis is proud to offer our customers the world’s finest handcrafted reversible jackets.

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