Consistency is a difficult thing in the life of a student. I apologize for my recent lack of posts, guys! Over the summer, I was offered a spot at Texas State’s nursing school, which was quite different from what I had planned in one of my last posts. Even though nursing school is single-handedly the most difficult and time consuming thing I have ever done, God is so good to me for opening those doors and giving me this chance to fulfill my dream!!
Between papers and exams and everything else, it’s been hard for me to sit down and have a real craft session of any kind. But, now that I have a bit of a break, I decided that it’s high time I learned some new things. This quilted vest was inspired by my J. Crew obsession and meager bank account. I mean, who really needs J. Crew when you have a sewing machine anyway?
This project was full of many firsts for me. First time creating a pattern, first time sewing princess seams, first time making clothing that wasn’t out of jersey fabric, first time with a zipper.. the list goes on, but I’m super happy with the results and will definitely be experimenting in these areas more! But enough talk. without further ado, let’s get to stitching…
YOU WILL NEED:
- Pre-quilted fabric (or quilt your own)
- Flannel (OPTIONAL. I added it as lining for extra warmth)
- Matching thread
- Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape for piping
1. Create your pattern. I had a lot of luck following the basic directions on this tutorial from Sweet Verbena. Because my vest had princess seams, I traced each individual piece! If you’re not gutsy enough to create your own, use Simplicity pattern 1499 and you’ll get the same results.
2. With your lining laid over the quilted fabric, cut out your pieces and pin them together. Try this on and adjust the pins accordingly.
3. Stitch the vest together, and zigzag or serge the raw edges,
4. Cut out your collar. I cut out a big rectangle, folded it in half, then serged it together right-side out. Pin it to the neckline, sew, and zigzag or serge the raw edge. Take a length of bias tape and sew it over the seam to cover it when your collar is folded down.
5. Fold your bias tape around the edges of the vest and the armholes. Pin and sew with a straight stitch.
6. If you want to add pockets like I did, cut out your desired shape. I traced a Blu-Ray DVD case and trimmed them down from there. Add the bias tape, and sew!
7. Attach your zipper, and you’re done!!
For a third of the cost, that’s a pretty good looking vest.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks for reading, sizzlers!!