Recently I had a request from a friend to take a suit coat that he found at the dig n save and create a copy of a vest he owned. Of course I was up for the challenge so here is what I did. I made a pattern from the original vest, it was pretty straight forward,only 4 pieces and a simple patch pocket. From this I created a muslin copy and was ready to do a first fitting.
|I ripped open and gutted the suit coat, removed the sleeves, collar pieces, flap pockets, and opened up the facing.|
|Here I reinforced the original seams by serging them, then I top stitched on the front side to make sure the seams stayed flat.|
|You can see the slip opening on the right side where I removed the pocket, it needed to be closed. You can't just sew it shut because it will create a weird pucker on the front where the seam starts and stops, it just doesn't look right.|
|My solution was to completely cut the piece in half through the pocket opening and resew it together creating a nice, clean seam.|
|These are the back pockets and new flaps, lined in red flannel that was once a bed sheet. The pockets and flaps were cut from the leftover sleeve pieces from the suit.|
|I serged around the edges to join the lining, turned under the edge and stitched.|