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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sewing A Skirt & Vest The Old-Fashioned Way Part 2

In the previous blog I told you about my mom having saved some very old patterns from when she was still young and me happening upon some of these. Ever since then, I had been wanting to try my hand at sewing a pattern the old-fashioned way. I will be making some adjustments to accommodate new products, and I will try to give the old pattern a more modern twist, but I invite you to venture down memory lane with me in this fun sewing project. In this second blog of a two-part series, I sew a lined vest, a.k.a. a waistcoat.


The vest had only two pattern pieces. The back was cut on the fold, but I had to cut a second as both the front and back were lined.


I then had to cut no less than four front pieces to accommodate the lining.


I start on the back of the vest. Press pins through the dots marking the darts on the pattern. Carefully remove the pattern, making sure the darts remain fixed in place. Even though I show you the steps only once, you need to repeat all of the instructions twice, once for the outside of the vest and once more for the lining of the vest.


Press pins through the fabric from the reverse side, right next to the first pins. When you now pull the fabric open, you will have darts marked on both shoulders of the back.


Pin these darts on the wrong side of the fabric.


Sew the darts.


On the front, we have to mark the darts from the side seam.


Following the same steps as for the back of the vest, pin the darts for the front of the vest.


Sew the darts.


Pin the front to the back with right sides facing. Pin at both shoulders and down both side seams.


Sew all four pinned seams.


With right sides facing, pin the lining to the vest, around the neck, down the front, and across the waist at the back.


Sew the lining to the vest where you have pinned it.


Cut notches in all the rounded areas. Turn the vest right side out through the armholes of the vest. Press the vest flat.


Fold the edges on the armholes in and pin.


Sew the armholes by hand. Press when done.


The completed vest.


The completed vest and skirt set.


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