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Your Favorite Jacket Can Become a Vest

Jun 23, 2011
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At a recent sewing retreat my assistant, Sandy Miller had on a great vest. As we were walking to class I asked her, “Whose vest pattern is that?”

“Yours! It’s ‘Anything But Ordinary’ without the sleeves.” 

The jacket on the left is a great Japanese cotton border print (sorry, the fabric is no longer available). The fabric has multi colored leaves along one selvage and polka dots at the other selvage. I had to purchase extra fabric to place the print exactly where I wanted it, but it left quite a bit of irregular shapes stacked up in my someday-I’ll-do-something-with-this stash.’  The only way I could make the ‘Anything But Ordinary’ vest was to piece all the small shapes together. I rotary cut them at right angles and just kept sewing until I had sections large enough for the left and right front, the back, collar and the yet…

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  1. SaraD63 | | #1

    This is a great tutorial. And I love how you pieced the scraps together for the vest - a great way to use up those odds and ends.

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    SharonMaroney | | #2

    Great! Thanks!

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    AdoAnnie | | #3

    Lazy me, actually tugged every which way for time, I would have chosen a close color match of binding and used it for facing. But the idea of creating a seamless armhole facing is instead of the sleeve is cool. I would really like to see the back of the vest as well, the fabric is delicious!

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    SewReel | | #4

    Great idea...which gave me another idea...taking an old jacket, remove the sleeves, use the sleeve fabric for facing (or a different matching fabric) and voila! New purpose for an old jacket.

  5. 4ggrvf121 | | #5

    loved jacket make=over; on mine i merely lined the whole
    thing; adding extra long bound button holes fitted over
    the zipper teeth for a smooth pocket application; a lined
    sguare of fabric applied between outer layer & lining...

  6. georgiana | | #6

    That is a very cute vest. A friend wanted to make a vest from a jacket which was no longer stylish. However, when she removed the sleeves, the armholes gaped far too much. I fitted the vest on her, put darts at the shoulders and bust and also resewed and tapered the shoulder seam. I used the sleeves to make facings for the vest. My friend was very pleased with the results.

  7. JHerman | | #7

    Sandy, I love the vest. Really a great idea.

  8. lindacabler | | #8

    I have made a vest from a jacket many times. BUT you do not have to remove the sleeves to do this. For a casual vest just cup the sleeves OFF about 1/2 to 3/4' from the shoulder seam. ( enough so you can turn the remaining fabric under for your seam) Press the remaining fabric under and stitch it. In about fifteen minutes you have a vest.

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    Sewmarj | | #9

    Love the facing without a shoulder seam!

  10. Jenn_in_Albuquerque | | #10
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