Well, this is exciting. I updated my iOS today on the iPad Mini, AND noticed a WordPress update in the App Store. So I felt lucky enough to try a post in the app (I’ve been using Safari for months because of crashing problems). And yippee, the photos uploaded. I had some much needed home time today and finally spent enough time in my sewing room to get the ironing done, sew three infinity scarves and make a no-sew vest.
A pretty remnant I brought home from work.
The above fabric is a lovely soft greyed blue. It’s like knitted sweater fabric, and so soft. This piece was 150cm wide and about 90cm long. The result is wide enough to wear over the head as well as around the neck.
The pink version is also from a piece of fabric 150cm wide (which becomes the length of the loop) but only 45cm long, so it’s skinnier than the blue one.
The no-sew vest is made from identically-patterned fabric to the other one that I made, but in a pink rather than a turquoise colourway. I had to mess about to get the photos to display, and they are at the top of this post and it’s too much effort to move them! It is hung up with a black turtleneck underneath. I’ve had customers admire my first one at the store, wanting to know how it’s made. (Dead easy!) In fact, this one was even less work than the last, as the colour went all the way into the selvedges and I didn’t have to trim them off.
It turns out that when I actually stop procrastinating about getting into my sewing room, I can be quite productive. The first thing I made today was this no-sew vest, inspired by one that a co-worker was wearing recently.
All it takes is a metre of 150cm wide fabric (about a yard of 60″ wide fabric). You fold it so that the selvedges match up, and even up the cut edges if you need to. Then measure your back – mine is 14.5″ – halve that, and that’s how far from the fold that you make your cuts for the armholes. Best to have a rotary cutter and mat for that. From the top cut edge, which will become your collar, you measure 6″ or more, and cut down from there to make armholes that you can put your arms through. I ended up with 8″ slits.
I also trimmed off my selvedges as the pattern stopped before the edge and there was undesirable writing printed on it. If this idea works well for me, I’d like to make a few of these to brighten up a basic black top/black jeans “uniform” for work.
I’ll add some photos with captions which will hopefully explain the method better.
On hanger in my sewing room – front
On hanger in my sewing room – back
Spread out on couch for best view of fabric design
Draped on couch
Folded in half as if for cutting armholes – armhole slits are near top right of the fabric in this photo