green and black sweatshirt Recycling a Shirt into a Shabby-Chic Waistcoat

by: INGOR     2019-08-12
Including the mistakes I made along the way!
This is a very simple project.Especially if you are someone who likes fabric decoration instead of cutting patterns.
I'm not very good at garment construction, so I 've been looking for simple ideas to make custom outfits without having to take out the tape measure too much!
All you need is an old shirt.It's better to be a person who is still in normal condition (the hole under the arm is good, because you dig a deeper arm hole anyway), a little imagination and a lot of decorative pieces.
Above: my finished product is run down-chic waistcoat.
As I said in the introduction, you need a shirt that is still in a reasonable condition.
If there are stains in front of it, don't despair --These are covered up when we reach the decoration stage.
Again, if the sleeves are ruinedperfect!The sleeves will be cut off.
The old collar will be cut off too.It would be great if your people had designer stubble and tore the shirt collar to pieces or your washing machine wouldn't change the tide mark!
The holes under the arm are also not important because we cut deeper arm holes.
The only thing that needs to be relatively perfect is the back of your shirt because we won't touch it.
If you already have a vest, use it as your guide and cut the sleeves and collar off the shirt.
Remember, you're ready.A homemade vest may fit better than a shirt you want to use for a new one.Do not try to cut the seam on the side.When you start to sew the decoration in front of the vest, it will puc up its mouth and pull it a little.
If your recycled shirt is still too big in the end, shape it physically to determine its actual size.
Above: quick graffiti to let you know how to cut the shirt into a vest shape.
Above: The basic shape of the vest.
I started this project for the first time for about a year and a half before I wrote this shot, which I originally came up with (see below ).
I used a piece of cotton wool to support the front of the shirt, layered a lot of fabric and thread, covered the whole shirt with ivory yarn, and then sewn it in the appropriate position.
I really enjoyed doing layered textiles at the time.
Anyway, I gave up after sewing the side of this vest, can you blame me?
I can't stand the color I use, and I can't stand the gorgeous purple completely hidden under a layer of transparent yarn, which makes it soft and looks a bit ugly.
Also, wadd adds too much extra padding, it doesn't look very flattering on this number, and it may shrink more than I want.
Above: I tried decorating my waistcoat for the first time.
I decided to use the red and white fabric on this vest instead of the terrible blue and green, and a little bit of the color scheme I started using.
In fact, I wanted to use cream and faded red, but I decided to work with what I had hidden.
Above: The fabric I hid when I started this project.
The best way to choose your color scheme is to take your shirt and put a spelling game in your fabric warehouse to see which fabrics look good.
When I first decided to make a vest, I got the color scheme wrong --Mainly because the organza muted everything!
If you are having trouble deciding what looks best, then see what others do when you use the same color as you.
You can even sample from the fabric you cut off from your shirt for the experiment.
1.Patch Work.
I mostly sew patches in front of my waistcoat.
You can find more ideas about patches in my shot.
2.Yoyos.
Yoyos is a rough round fabric that can be sewn on the front of your vest to decorate them.
3.Dye.
Dyeing and painting is the way to change the front of the vest --Also think about bleaching.You can even put a patch on your waistcoat and dye it to make the patch fit better with the original shirt --It's also fun to tie-dye on patches of different colors.
4.Embroidery.
You can sew a needle with a sewing machine.Maybe use free motion embroidery to create some images or interesting patterns, or you can hand-embroider the front of the vest.Hand embroidery gives you more control.
5.Ruffly Bits.
Folds can be made and pasted on the waistcoat.You can completely cover a piece with lace and fancy cloth.
Above: some ideas for decorating waistcoats.
When I first started making this waistcoat again, I just started sewing the fabric to the fabric with no worries around the world until I saw how many bends were in the front of my waistcoat (see below)
When I realized that what I needed was some interfaces, I had sewn a lot.
It took me a long time to unlock all the stitches!
Once I have the interface, I cut it into the right size and iron it in place on the back of the front of the vest.The interface didn't make my fabric perfect, but it did reduce a lot of distortion.
I gave my vest line with the heavyweight interface-Experiment with a sample to see what you need.I'm using an old Husqvarna sewing machine that likes to chew thin fabric so I 'd better have something thicker to handle.
You may also want to connect your patch with an interface.
Above: start adding texture to the vest.
I decided to decorate my vest and sew a middle seam --There is a size patch on the front of the vest.
I decided to keep it all pretty casual and don't worry about what's going to happen.
I am careful not to have too many colors in one place.
First of all, I only used two different fabrics.
I used a solid white thread.One of my fabric choices is light cream --Just stitch back and forth on the fabric until they are stitched to my satisfaction.
Consider how much wear your fabric will wear.I decided I liked this worn out look, and although I stitched it thoroughly on the fabric patch to keep it minimal worn out, I didn't mind the wear.
In the picture below, you can see that I decided to keep my pocket without details.I hope the pocket is still usable and I think it's hard --Or at least time.consuming -I left it in order to decorate the pocket.
Above: I did it here.
Once the fabric is all stitched in place, I start adding purple stitching to it.
After sewing this patch, I decided to leave the remaining purple details to a later date so that when I add more fabric to it, it won't be covered.
I want to use purple stitching to match the color of the back shirt on the fabric with decals.
Above: Details of the decoration when I sew in the patch with purple thread.
Above: all the basic decoration is in place.Start working on it now!
I decided to go back to my waistcoat and add some more small pieces of fabric to break down the larger colors.
In the picture below, you can see how I added an interesting seam allowance to the front to add some interest.
I have begun to consider increasing the areas of interest.
I also sewn a few pieces of fabric on the front of the shirt.This is awkward because the center front flap crosses the top of the buttonhole.I had to sew it alone in the rest of the section so I wouldn't sew the buttonhole up.
Above: it's starting to get interesting!
Once I stitch all the basic "background" elements of the waistcoat decoration in place, I start adding some random and interesting little pieces.
I mirror the left breast pocket with stitched lineson ribbon.
I added gold net in several different places and covered white net elsewhere.
Place some small pieces on the front of your vest and play around their location.
The inside of your vest may look the same as mine, on the contrary, like me, you may want to hide it.
The first thing to do is give your waistcoat a good iron and make sure it is completely flat.
Put your lining fabric on top of the front of the vest.Make sure the lining fabric is facing up.
Smooth the fabric so there will be no creases.
Nail the lining to the front of the vest.Place the pin on the edge and in the middle so that it stays in place.
Next, cut the lining fabric to the right sizeYou may find it easier to cut the vest in the right way.
Leave enough seam allowance at shoulder and side seams.
Fold the seam allowance at the shoulder and side seams and stitch it in place.
Fix the lining to all other edges-This will be stitched in place when the bas binding is stitched.
Alternatively, you can pin your lining in place to make sure it doesn't shift or pack.
Above: inside the vest, the lining is stitched in place.
I covered the edge of the vest with bias binding and finished the edge of my vest.
I love the bias tender as it gives you a very clean, clear edge and hides all those dirty edges in a quick and easy way.
You can buy a bias tender in the color you need or make it yourself (see details below ).
Things get a little fidgety when tying bias to a vest.Because the front of the button is double, there is something wrong with my vest.If the front of your shirt is the same then you may need to be smart a bit!
Above: all the deviation binding is sewn on the front of the vest, only need to be folded and sewn on the inside of the vest.
To use a bias binding, place it in the wrong position on the right side of the vest edge.
Flatten the bound creases.
Align the edge of the flat binding with the edge of the vest.
Pin along the fold line.
Sew along the folds.This will allow you to tie a strap on the edge of your waistcoat.I'm using 2 \ "deviation binding, so I'll leave a red edge around 1/1/4.
When you sew the binding to the front of the edge of the vest, fold the binding so that both the binding and the vest can be up.
Fold the binding to the inside of the vest and hand stitch the binding in place.

If you have one of these deviation adhesives manufacturers, it is easy for you to make the deviation adhesive yourself.
My bias adhesive manufacturer binds from 2 fabrics.
When my project needs bias binding, I take a piece of fabric and cut 2 \ "bars diagonally on the fabric.Cutting stripes diagonally means that they stretch and you can use them to finish the curve neatly without any strange tuck.
Once your stripes are cut, you can feed them through the equipment shown below.When the strap comes out from the other end, it's flat.Then you will get a fabric with two small folds.
To find out where to place your buttons, arrange the front of your vest.
Slide the pin into the fabric below through the button hole.
You now know where to place your button.
Above: sew the buttons in place.
The waistcoat is not perfectly customized and symmetrical, but it's part of its charm (this is my story and I stick to it ).
I had a bit of trouble with the bias binding on the front of the bottom, so I decided to end the front binding with that wrinkled ribbon to hide the messy edges.I also used a little ribbon on the edge of my pocket.
The above is my finished vest.
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