In-Vest-Ments by Louis Carney
Create three signature looks from one pattern: a business appropriate vest, a fun and funky vest and a formal vest that really makes a statement.
1 yard of cotton fabric
Edge stitch or bi-level foot
1/4" foot with guide
Coordinating all-purpose thread
Size 80 or 90 topstitch needle
Decorative button or frogs
Loop of elastic thread
From the fabric, cut eight 2 1/2"x60" strips and three 2"x60" strips. Piece together the strips to achieve the length, if necessary.
Cut a piece of water-soluble stabilizer large enough to accommodate the pattern pieces.
Mark the stabilizer at a 45° angle, spacing the marks 2" apart. Space the marks at different widths for a different effect, if desired. Beginning at the adjacent corner, mark the stabilizer at a 45° angle, spacing the marks 2" apart, creating a grid.
Thread the machine needle and bobbin with coordinating thread. Install the 1/4" foot onto the machine.
Fold each 2 1/2"-wide strip in half lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch the open edge using a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn the tubes right side out; press the seam in the tube center.
Beginning at the tube end, center a tube over one marked line in one direction; pin. Install an edgestitch or bi-level presser foot. If you don't have either of these feet, a 1/4" foot will work. Stitch each tube long edge to the stabilizer. Trim the excess tube at the stabilizer edge and use for the remaining lines. Center the remaining tubes over the opposite diagonal lines; pin. Stitch each tube long edge to the stabilizer.
Trim the tubes to align with the stabilizer edges. Lay the pattern pieces over the stabilizer; pin, and then cut out the vest pieces.
With wrong sides together, stitch the vest front panels to the vest back at the shoulder and side seams, using a 5/8" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowances to 3/8".
Wrap the remaining 2 1/2" tube around each shoulder and side seam, encasing the raw edges. Stitch each tube long edge through all layers.
Align one 2" strip right side with the vest lower edge on the wrong side; stitch using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat to attach a 2" strip to the neckline. Trim the excess binding strips from the center front edges.
Double-fold the binding toward the right side, encasing the raw edge; edgestitch. Align the remaining 2" strips with the right side against each center front edge wrong side. Stitch, beginning and ending 1/2" from the vest upper and lower edge. Trim the excess binding to 1/2" beyond the center front edges, if necessary. Press each short edge 1/2" toward the wrong side.
Double-fold the binding toward the right side, encasing the center-front raw edge and the neckline and lower-edge binding raw edges; edgestitch.
Repeat to use the remaining 2" tubes to bind the armseyes. Fold the binding beginning 1/2" toward the wrong side before stitching. Lap the binding end 1" over the binding beginning. Double-fold the binding toward the right side, encasing the raw edge.
Attach the button and elastic loop at the neckline center-front edges. Rinse to remove the stabilizer according to manufacturer's instructions.
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