The Wizard School Vest

"How do I compare misses sizes to a junior sizes? I really don't know which I should order or which size would be a better fit."

Get out your measuring tape because there is a difference between each size range. The questions here is how does a Misses size compare to a Junior size.

In an earlier post, we covered the differences between the two size ranges but here are the measurements to determine specifically which Junior size comes closest to an "8" in the Misses size range.

There is one other factor which can throw off all "sizing" and measurements - how generous the manufacturer is in their idea of sizing. The easiest way to put it is this...when it comes to comparing sizes, the more expensive the brand, the more true to size and the more generous the wearing ease.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try on various sweaters of the same size but from different labels and manufacturers? Try it sometimes - you will be amazed.

Let's start by comparing Misses sizes to Junior sizes.

The difference is not just in the finished measurements. You can also tell the difference in the construction and finishing method. The high end garments will be full fashioned (individual garment pieces are made separately then assembled) rather than completed using the cut and sew method.

The big ticket items also provide you with more wearing ease above and beyond the design ease.

Please note that the measurements given below are your actual measurements not the finished measurements of the garment itself.

Also, the style of a garment will affect how it fits - outerwear [jackets, vests, coats and cardigans] has varying amounts of added wearing ease - they are designed to be layered over other garments.

Certain sweater styles have "negative" wearing ease...in other words they are literally smaller than your actual body measurements.

The Wizard School vest remains one of the most popular wizard wear products.

In fact, since 2002, the vest has become the number 1 "special customizing request" from all wizards who live in warmer, and downright hot, climates.

Thanks to its continued popularity, we are still receiving orders for the original Chamber of Secrets® style in both the vest and the school sweater.

The 100% wool POA style vest is not far behind in popularity.

Although we completely exhausted the stash of imported, regulation school grey, 100% acrylic yarn we used since 2002, we recently found a sports weight 100% acrylic which knits up like a charm.

Sure, the original yarn was the perfect, school uniform grey but we have yet to find the ideal replacement. So we've opted to offer the sweater and vest in a lighter gray color.

The Chamber of Secrets® styled vest is also available in grey heather 100% wool.

The COS styled sweaters and vests are trimmed in the "wizard school" colors of your choice.

You can opt for no colors, custom colors or even the blue/bronze trim which is mentioned in the books. The pullover sweater features a V-neckline edged with a double band and set-in, tapered sleeves.

Vests are a cool alternative to the long-sleeved wizard school sweater.

Most Anime conventions, cosplay and wizarding events take place during summer months.

You dread the idea of wearing long sleeves...especially when you consider the layered look of the complete Hogwarts© student costume.

Hogwarts® inspired School Vest in Slytherin® colors

The Chamber of Secrets® styled vest seen on the right is simply a sleeveless version of the Wizard School sweater.

We trimmed the armholes with a solid band to reflect the absence of stripes on the school sweater sleeves.

As with the COS style school sweater, the lower edge of vest body and the V-shaped neckline are trimmed in boarding or day "house" colors. The stripe pattern is made up of three even rows.

The red/gold, blue/silver and green/pewter trims are knit in a dark/light/dark stripe sequence whereas the yellow/black Hufflepuff© grouping is knit in a light/dark/light sequence.

The school vests are knit of imported, high quality, 100% acrylic yarn in a grey mix with trim colors which are as authentic looking as possible. The yarn produces a comfy, lightweight garment.

Sadly, the original, darker "regulation school grey" is no longer being imported . The only suitable replacement colorwise is a heavier, sports weight or worsted weight fiber.

Two Popular School Vest Styles

Inspired by the uniforms seen in the popular wizard movies, the school vest comes in two styles - the Chamber of Secrets® and Prisoner of Azkaban® styles.

Chamber of Secrets® Styled Vest

It's everyone's favorite...the Chamber of Secrets® style in both the School Sweater or Vest. We arestill receiving orders for the original style!

The 100% wool PoA style is not far behind in popularity.

Although we completely exhausted the stash of imported, regulation school grey, 100% acrylic yarn we used since 2002, we recently found a sports weight 100% acrylic which knits up like a charm.

Sure, the original yarn was the perfect, school uniform grey but we have yet to find the ideal replacement. So we've opted to offer the sweater and vest in a lighter gray color.

The Chamber of Secrets® styled vest is also available in grey heather 100% wool.

The COS styled sweaters and vests are trimmed in the "wizard school" colors of your choice.

You can opt for no colors, custom colors or even the blue/bronze trim which is mentioned in the books. The pullover sweater features a V-neckline edged with a double band and set-in, tapered sleeves.

School Vest inspired by Harry Potter® uniforms Wizard School Vest Hogwarts inspired school vest

House colors are knit into the neckband, and just above the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater but not on the sleeves.

Our new acrylic grey mix is slightly heavier than the original yarn yet still lightweight and perfect for the classroom environment. It is 100% acrylic yarn.

Easy care? Sure! It's machine wash and dry. See the Care Instructions at the bottom of this page.

Please contact us to discuss fiber options and custom sizing information.

POA style wool vest

The POA styled vest is much darker in color - knit in a dark charcoal grey that is almost black. This charcoal grey has lots of character and it's an ideal background for the muted POA House colors.

These new "house" colors are darker and richer too...maroon and old gold, a dark "forest" green with pewter grey, a dark "marine" blue with silver grey and old gold with black.

Wizard School corridors and classrooms are still drafty; there is a definite chill in the air so you'll be glad to know that even the PoA wizard school vest, knit in a sports-weight wool yarn, will keep you warm and toasty.

Wool is an incredible, natural fiber. It holds its shape and color too. However, we recommend dry cleaning!

Already know exactly what you are looking for in a school vest?

Be sure to review all sizing and pricing information for the various sizes of the school vest.

Both styles of the school vest are available in a wide range of standard sizes , which can be customized for a nearly perfect fit.

As with the wizard school sweaters, vest are made to order just for YOU and are not available for immediate shipment.  Please check the current delivery in the right hand column.

By default, we knit the PoA school vests in the pure wool.

For those who are allergic to wool, we can knit the vest in a flat black acrylic yarn. 

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