How to Make a Small Sleeveless Vest With Sewing Patterns

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How to Make a Small Sleeveless Vest With Sewing Patterns
Sleeveless vests are a cute fashion accessory that you can make yourself. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Sleeveless vests are often used as accessories over shirts and blouses. Making a vest by following a sewing pattern is a simple way to customise your vest and design it to be as small as you desire. Vests can be made from fabric or by upcylcing old clothing, such as sweatshirts. Upcycling is the act of turning old clothing into new fashion articles. Both methods are extremely similar and require sewing patterns.

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Things you need

  • Sewing pattern
  • Fabric
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Measure yourself or the person who the small sleeveless vest will be for. Take waist, shoulder, neck and bust measurements. This will help you to select the correct pattern size for your vest.

  2. 2

    Select a sewing pattern for a vest. Make sure that you select one for a small vest as this will be easier than making a large vest and then taking it in if it's too big. Also, make sure that the measurements you took are compatible with the measurements for the vest. Look on the back of the pattern package and take note of the amount of fabric needed. Choose fabric and measure it to match the requirements on the package.

  3. 3

    Iron the sewing pattern so that all the creases and wrinkles are gone. Lay out the fabric that you purchased and spread the pattern over it. Pin the pattern to the fabric so that it cannot move out of place.

  4. 4

    Cut along the pattern and fabric, following the instructions on where to cut. Make sure that the pattern does not move out of place as you cut.

  5. 5

    Follow the pattern instructions for sewing the small sleeveless vest. Remove the pins that hold the fabric and pattern together as you run the fabric underneath the needle. If you make a mistake while stitching, stop, remove the seam, and restitch that section of the vest.

  6. 6

    Try on the small sleeveless vest, checking for fit and comfort. If it is too large, take in the vest by folding two identical darts in each side. Pin the darts in place and try the vest on before altering it so that you do not make it too small.

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