I'm still sewing ballet costumes! This one is a boy's lined vest. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to try out some of the methods in my new book "Industry Clothing Construction Methods" by Mary Ruth Shields. The method is a little different to other methods that I have tried (See Sigrid's lining a vest tutorial or Josie's waistcoat) so I have taken photos for a tutorial. Sadly, I haven't used a contrasting lining or different coloured thread. If ever I make a vest for me, I promise I'll use contrasting fabrics and threads so that you can see the process more clearly.
First of all, sew the darts in the vest and the vest lining. The next step is to sew any pockets, or flaps, but my vest is plain, so I skipped those steps. I also do not have a back waist belt, so I skipped those instructions as well.
Stitch the front and back of the vest together at the shoulder seams. Repeat for the lining. Press shoulder seams open. Place the lining and vest right sides together, ensuring that the shoulder seams match.
So my initial review of the book (given that I have not read all the front chapters yet);
- the instructions are easy to follow
- the illustrations are diagrams, not photos; however, the diagrams are easy to follow.
- the method outlined for constructing a vest was new to me and a simpler construction technique than other methods I have tried.