You have seen this vest on my blog before.
Since I have received so many emails asking where I bought the fabric, I decided to write more about the making of this vest.
I love both these fabrics and felt they would look nice together, kind of a double ikat.
Both fabrics were purchased at JoAnn's, surprise!
Both are slinky polyester, double surprise!!
When a print is just that good, I can forget about fabric fiber content and expectations.
This ikat print fabric was not really suited for a vest.
The fabric was too light weight to use for the vest on it's own, it needed some beefing up.
I used a fusible Pellon brand Easy Knit interfacing and underlining for stabilizing and giving the added body to the fabric for the vest.
Be sure to preshrink/wash both the fabric and this interfacing.
I tossed the fabric in the washer and dryer.
For the interfacing, I put it in a sink full of water for a couple of hours and then line dry.
The fused fabric works best for a lined vest and most vest patterns are easy to add a lining to. I won't go into that here.
For me, it works best to cut the vest pattern pieces from the Pellon interfacing. Just make sure to flip pattern pieces making sure that you have the fusible sides to correspond with the left and right sides.
I then fuse the interfacing to the uncut vest material using directions that come with the interfacing.
I don't cut the fabric first, I just lay the interfacing cut pieces on the yardage, fuse and then trim around the interfacing.
Hope that makes sense.
This makes matching and pattern placement easy with the vest fabric.
Sew the vest as you would regular fabric.
After I have the vest completly assembled and finished, I added some stitching to "quilt" the vest fabric to the lining. This gives added body and support to the finished vest. Just add the stitching lines vertically (my preference) where ever it works with the print of the fabric.
When I say "quilt" the vest, there is no batting. I am just stitching the vest and lining fabric together.
I like to match my top thread to the vest color and
the bobbin thread to the lining color.
It's less noticeable and the stitching gives the vest a nice finish.
I also topstitch along the edges.
There are endless creative options by using different color threads when
quilting, along with using decorative stitches.