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Topic: super cool vest from skirt/dress/suit/thing ***EDIT***quick tutorial!  (Read 9423 times)
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« on: July 22, 2008 10:06:25 AM »

Sorry that this is so half-assed but I've been packing and whatnot and I'm leaving for vacation in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, but if you need help, just ask!

1. Cut out three pieces: two for the front and one for the back. (see page 3 for more images). Make sure the measurements on the front accomodate for boobage! And also, I would measure the length from armpit to hem and also the length of the button area (placket? not really, but you know what I mean I hope). Leave an inch for seam allowance, but it's better to cut smaller than bigger because it stretches (unless you're not using stretch fabric), and it's supposed to be tight. The back is basically the front pieces put together, sans v-neck and the pointy bottom.

2. Sew together the shoulders and sides. Check the fit, and take it in/adjust as necessary.

3. Hem the entire thing. I serged the edges adn then just folded it under so it looks like topstitching, but you can line it, which isn't really hard at all. (you can google instructions, but i recommend going to the library and getting a book on it! that's how i lined my boyfriend's vest for prom). Also, for the sharp angles in the front, I hemmed each straight edge one at a time.

NOW FOR THE BUTTON PART (which I presume is the most important)
4. Measure the length of the edge that the buttons will be sewn on to. (for lack of a better term, the placket...unless it actually is the placket.) Mine was about 14 cm, so I did two 4cm tabs, which left 2cm from the top and bottom edges and 2 cm in between the tabs.

5. THE TABS: The parts that overlap the vest itself are squares, so to find the length of the rectangles to cut out, add: Tab width + tab width + distance between edges of vest in front. If that makes any sense. Cut out two rectangles for every tab (ie, I cut out four because I had two tabs.)

6. Put two rectangles right sides together and stitch along all four sides EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE INCHES IN THE MIDDLE OF A LONG SIDE. Then, clip the seams and the corners, and turn it right side out. Push out the corners so they're nice and pointy. Then fold in that part that you didn't sew, and top stitch around the whole rectangle. Repeat for all tabs.

7. Sew a button hole on one end of each tab. I used a zig zag stitch, but however you like to do your button holes is fine. There are great tutorials at www.burdastyle.com.

8. Sew the non-button-holed end to the right front of the vest. Make sure the part that overlaps the vest is a square, and sew along all four edges of this square. I also sewed an X through the middle.

9. Find four (or whatever number) buttons of equal or similar size. To cover them, cut circles a little bit bigger than the button out of a corresponding fabric. handsew a basting stitch around the circumference, stick a button in the middle of the circle, and pull the thread to gather the circle around the back of the button. Knot it off and there's your covered button! (There are more detailed and better explained tutes everywhere.)

10. Sew on your buttons, two on top of the X's of the tabs, and two on the other side, making sure they are placed so that the button holes match up.

That's it! There's your new vest :]

ONCE AGAIN. I apologize deeply for the terrible flaws in this tutorial ( I know there are many). PLEASE if you have questions, feel free to ask, though I might not be able to access the internet very often in the next couple weeks. On page 3, there's more pics of it lying flat, which may help you see the shape better.
My friend and I go shopping at the Salvation Army every so often and we came across this jacket + shirt-skirt-in-one combo. The jacket looked fabulous on my friend, once we removed the shoulder pads  Shocked so I took the skirt/shirt part and turned it into this!

Inspiration : http://community.livejournal.com/t_shirt_surgery/5058652.html#cutid1

Ignore the ignorable things (i.e., pj shorts, chalk marks, overly-pink-ness)

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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2008 10:13:59 AM »

I need one toooo! Its a boobs booster  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2008 10:15:45 AM »

Love it!
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2008 10:19:34 AM »

That's so cool! Did you have a pattern to follow, or did you just make it up?
Lovely job!

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2008 10:28:02 AM »

Love this! Great idea!

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2008 10:38:25 AM »

That is so cool!!  I would wear that in a heartbeat!
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2008 10:39:03 AM »

That's so cool! Did you have a pattern to follow, or did you just make it up?
Lovely job!

No patterns! I just drew out the shape and sorta just figured it out.

And thanks for all the comments, everyone!

« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2008 10:40:30 AM »

you seem to have a great eye for "just figuring it out"
thats what i have always considered real skill.
hoorah you!

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2008 10:40:59 AM »

kayoot! i love your pattern, and vests are always great to have.  that looks really flattering on you!

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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2008 10:42:33 AM »

Nice work Smiley
I love the shirt and vest together...the colors are pretty sweet together.

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