|Pattern Description: |
I used an old rash vest as a pattern.
I made this rash vest in 3 days which is a record for me, as normally it takes me weeks (or even months) to complete a project.
I took my old rash vest and cut it up to make a pattern.
The thing that makes rash vest different from t-shirt is the seams, they are “flat” (which makes it comfortable to wear as the whole thing is quite tight)
Old rash vest seam
Looks quite complicated, I suspect it’s made by using a coverstitch sewing machine.. Now, I don’t even own an overlocker, not alone a coverstitch machine..
That’s what I did to “recreate” the seam on my very conventional sewing machine: joined the edges by overlapping and made two “zigzag” seams:
It doesn’t look as nice and sturdy as “professional” seam, but it’s perfectly flat, and does its job! (I noticed that when using zigzag stitch, my machine skips stitches sometimes, do you know why?)
I used blue lycra, quite stretchy, bought from ebay; the black pieces are from an old rash vest..
The ready item
The only thing that came out differently from "the original" is the collar: on the original rash vest the folded collar would cover the seam.. I think my fabric was less stretchy for that, and the seam under the collar looks a bit messy..
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looked pretty much as my old rash vest.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the fact that it still didn't fall apart
I bought 1 metre of very stretchy lycra from ebay.
I think the fish liked it