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Favorite turn methods for a lined vest?
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Date: 9/23/12 1:42 PM

I know there are several methods.
My pattern has the pull-thru the shoulders idea, stitch the fabric sides together as far as you can, then you
have to hand-sew the sides of the lining. Always seems hard to line up edges this way.
Is there an easier/neater method for turning--it's also a small one for a boy.
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Date: 9/23/12 1:49 PM

I will look forward to this thread. I have never found a turning method that I liked.
Usually just follow the pattern sheet instructions.

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Date: 9/23/12 5:59 PM

I do the through the shoulders method, sewing by machine as much as I can before the turning. How much depends on the thickness of the fabric being used.

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Date: 9/23/12 6:47 PM

Thanks to Simplicity 4059 and Nicegirl, I have just learned the all-machine method of turning a vest! I actually don't mind slipstitching the lining side seams closed by hand, but this method is kind of foolproof.

Read the entire thread, with pictures & links to Nicegirl's tutorial.

You get a beautifully clean finish inside and out. :)

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In reply to AdaH

Date: 9/27/12 9:44 AM

Just completed cute cord vest for 2-year-old GS to go with the pants.
I used Freebie online from Leila and Ben. It covers Sizes to 5T with good photos/printout and collar for girl.
Cut your lining 1/8-1/4" less so it will be roll inside when turned. I added length and points in front like a men's vest and used toggles instead of buttons. Instructions open up sides flat to sew linings and then fabric all the way down. You do turn thru the shoulders, but I used my long fishing tong "hemostats" to grab insides, which you need for the narrow kid's shoulder area.

I don't know why older patterns make you sew the linings by hand inside. Just pin first and check to see that your linings and fabric will come out evenly under the arms when turned. Also check the length of fronts will come out evenly.

Make sure to press underarm seams open so they won't be bulky inside when turned. Press, press, and clip curves, which they don't say.
Turn WSO as far as possible to finish bottom hems, leaving an opening in back, which will be closed when topstitching entire vest. Hint from another vest: instead of just leaving the opening, stitch a right angle on both sides of hem down to the raw edge, this helps with turning neatly.
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