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Lining a vest
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watson8715
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Date: 2/8/13 8:48 PM

I am making a vest, from my own pattern because I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I looked up on ehow and am following one of their articles on how to make your own vest pattern. I'm still in the creation of the pattern stage (cutting it out of newspaper and then am going to test that out with muslin) but have been thinking about how to make a pattern for the lining. I assumed I could use the same pattern for the outer part but now I'm not so sure. It seems like that would make the seams a little bulky and also make the lining wrinkle. I also started to think about how to sew in the lining. At first I thought oh I can just make the lining for the back two pieces with a seam in the center, see it inside out and then turn it and sew up the back lining seam, then I realized that wouldn't work because of the armholes. This is my first garment and what started with excitement is starting to feel a little overwhelming. Does anyone have any experience making line vests that could offer some insight?

Please excuse any errors in this text I'm typing this on my phone.

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Date: 2/9/13 10:32 AM

I have made lots of lined vests, and the first thing is not to over think it.
Chose a good fine lining and bulk is not a problem.
Yes, cut the lining to match
join CB and shoulders of fashion fabric and lining.seperately. so that you now have 2 vests without side seams.
Press
Sandwich these right sides together, and seam around arms, back hem, and all around the bottom,front and neck, then turn right side out.
Press
Now sew front to back , side seams, right sides together, leaving a small hole in the lining seam on each side. (It is like sewing a tunnel.) So you can sew them together with the machine.
Press
Sew openings closed.
Tada! Finished.
Now all you need is closures, if you so wish.
Hope this helps
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Date: 2/9/13 1:01 PM

I found this video that shows Pamela's method.

With regard to the video, unless the fabric is loosely woven or frays easily, I would forgo the serger.

Also, I would not finish the lining at the sides the way it is done in the video. I would stay stitch before sewing the lining and then press under at the seam line so I could use Steam A Seam or blind stitch by hand.

Someone my offer another method. But I think Pamela's method is spot on.

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Date: 2/9/13 1:17 PM

Anybody know how to go about it if you're lining a vest AND adding a zipper?

I'm in the middle of that project right now. About to do a practice vest for my daughter's 18 inch doll....

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Date: 2/9/13 8:33 PM

I should have mentioned that in my original post. I'm going to add a zipper.

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Date: 2/9/13 8:39 PM

Do as Pamela described, but sandwich the zipper between the front lining and fabric. You could sew it in like a piping if you wanted to. However, it might be better, if you haven't done it before and you want to be sure that the zipper ends line up properly, to sew the zipper to the fabric, then sew the lining over it. When you turn the vest so the right side is out, the zipper should be all ready to go.

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