Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Making a Vest (Free Tutorial and Pattern)

(find the first portion of this tutorial on creating a textile HERE.)

Making the vest

The pattern for the vest can be found at this link, it is a free download.

Make the Back vest from plain fabric. For this a square of fabric measuring at least 80cm x 90cm(32x36”) will be needed.

Patchwork Polly
10 - 12
14 - 16 - 18
20 - 22

12 - 14
16 – 18 - 20
22 - 24
40 - 44
44 - 46
46 - 48
85 - 98
98 -108
108 - 120
33 – 38”
38 – 43”
43 – 47”

Cut the pattern pieces

After taping the PDF pattern together cut out the size you require. If you want separate patterns for 
the Front and Back print the PDF twice and cut out each. 

*Back, cut I on fold

if you only want to print the pattern once, mark and cut out the Back from the fabric with the pattern folded back along the fold line where the pattern piece for the Front extends beyond.

*Front, cut 1 on fold

if re-using the single pattern piece cut off the Front neckline along the line indicated for your size, mark and cut out from the patchwork textile folded in half


cut out from the remaining scraps of the patchwork textile, 1 Front neck facing on fold, 1 Back neck facing on fold and 2 pair of armhole facings (mirror pattern by turning over)

 Sewing Instructions

1.      Right sides together fold and sew the tuck at the centre front 3cm(1 ¼”). Spread and stay stitch close to the top edge into the “V” neck

2.      Wrong sides together (with the serging stitch on the outside of the garment) match Front to Back and sew the shoulder seams with 1cm(3/8”) seam, serge the seams.

3.      Wrong sides together match and sew the side seams of the Front and Back with 1cm(3/8”) seam allowance, serge the seams.

4.       Wrong sides together match and sew the Front and Back facings at the shoulder seams and the armhole facing at the shoulder seams and underarms, serge the seam joins, then the outside edge of the facings.

5.      Match the right side of the neck facing to the inside of the vest neckline, matching shoulder seams and sew with 5mm(1/4”) seam allowance. Do the same with the armhole facings.

6.      Turn the facings to the right side of the garment and iron.

7.      Sew the facings down by stitching through the middle of the serging stitch. Take care to match the tip of the neck facing to the centre join of the CF tuck when going around the neckline.

8.      Finish the hem by serging, starting and driving off at each side seam.

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1 comment:

  1. I love this vest, but I don't see a way to download the pattern. If I go through the checkout process, PayPal tries to charge me for shipping....


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