Can you believe that we are on our fifth and final day of freebies? I hope you’ve enjoyed this past week as much as I have!
Today’s freebie is fun, quick and easy! Think of it as a your vest friend. (See what I did there?!) Allow me officially shout out: Avast, A Vest!
Fabric Requirements: 1-1/2 yards of a medium weight, double sided fabrics. Favorites: brushed hacci, jersey knit, french terry, dbp.
GRAB YOUR COPY OF THE AVAST! A VEST PATTERN HERE!
Why double sided? Because of the way this vest is worn, the top is folded back and reveals the backside of the fabric. We wanted this pattern to be as simple of a layering piece as possible. But if you’re not loving the raw edges and backside of your fabric, cut two pieces, sew them together around the entire outer edge (right sides together, turn through one of the arm openings, and complete the rest of the tutorial that way!
If you need help folding your fabric to prepare for cutting, it’s just like a circle skirt!
Cut your pattern piece, making sure to fold selvedge to selvege and then top to bottom before cutting. **DO NOT cut your arm openings yet, or you will end up with four armholes.
Open up your fabric piece, leaving it still folded in half along with the stretch going horizontally.
Grab your pattern piece, realign it along the top, and cut our your arm openings.
Use the pattern guides to mark the middle points of the top and bottom of both arm openings.
Fold the arm opening, to meet the pins you just placed together and mark the other quarter points of the opening.
1. Fold your armband piece, right sides together, meeting the short ends together.
2. Now meeting the long ends together, fold in half again.
3. Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew short raw edges (you will be sewing through four layers).
Flip open your armband, enclosing the seam cleanly in the middle. Repeat for other armband.
Mark quarter points of raw edges of armbands.
Slide the armband inside the bodice, aligning the raw edges and matching the quarter-marked points. Note: The armbands are slightly smaller than the bodice opening.
Stitch, using 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat with second armband.
Open it up and throw it on as your new favorite layering piece! You’re welcome to finish the edges if you’d like, but this was meant to be a more flowy, open vest.
Here are a couple of photos from our holiday tester group:
Also be sure to head over the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group and share what you’ve made with your new designs!
Happy Holidays, Pirates!