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Hooded vest with lacing

Posted by Laura 11/09/2017 0 Comment(s) Sewing,

Hi again! This is what I've made this time: a vest with a cool lacing detail on the sides, and a hood! Below is a video of the making, and under that is a written tutorial. 

This is a UFO from a few years back. I had the urge to make a vest with lacing detail to the sides and a hood. Because adding grommets is such a pain, I hadn't gotten around to sewing it up, but now I did! :) To make this, you these pieces: two front pieces, one back piece and two hood pieces, one set of these in a fabric of your choice and another set with a lining fabric. 

I started by sewing up the hood, first the long seam at the back and serged the outer fabric and the lining piece. Then I turned the hood fabric and the lining fabric right sides together, so I could sew the long seam at the front. After that I turned it right sides facing out and finished the hood piece by serging the bottom part shut and sewing a straigt stitch along the edge of the front seam of the hood. 

Here's how I sewed the front pieces: I left an opening in the shoulder seam, so that I could just turn the whole thing around itself, and I'd get clean seams. Also note, that when you use grommets, you need to use some sort of a stabilizer. I used an iron on stabilizer, which I attached to the pin stripe fabric, seeing that that would be the outer layer and I'd like it to stay as smooth as possible around the grommets. 

I sewed both of the front pieces exactly the same. Just remember to leave an opening at the shoulder seams, so that you have a way of pulling the piece inside out. 

I sewed the back piece exactly the same way as the front pieces. Just remember to leave the opening and to add stabilizer where you're gonna use grommets. 

After sewing the parts I serged them, so that they would be neat, when I turned the pieces inside out, right sides facing out. When I have serged all the pieces, I turn them right sides out, pin them so that the seams lay flat and neat, and sew a stay stitch all around the pieces, a few millimeters off the edge. 

When the parts are all done, you just need to attach them all together. The back piece and the front pieces need to be sewn together at the shoulder seams, and after they are together you can sew on the hood. Just measure the center back of the back piece and put the center back seam of the hood at that spot, put the fabric right sides together and sew the hood on. 

Next step is adding grommets! I got this amazing tool from my brothers house spouse as a short loan, and I really really need one of my own! It just costs a pretty penny! But this is the easiest way to attach grommets, so now I'll be doing a lot more lacings and maybe even those corsets I've been dreaming about! First I used the hole making part of the tool, and made all the holes. After that I added the grommets with a different part, that is for setting grommets. Adding grommets has never been easier! I love how they turned out. 

Here's how the vest turned out. I love it! But... Do you think I should add an embroidery design to the back? Yay or nay? I dunno at all!

Well, thank you for stopping by, don't forget to DIY :)

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