July 5, 2020 I selected the Simplicity pattern number 1499, which is of a woman’s vest. I bought the pattern, material, and the notions at Joann. Even though the pattern packet includes the words “easy-to-sew,” I would recommend this pattern for the intermediate person. You should first find the pattern packet. It will be in one of the drawers labeled Simplicity. You will narrow your search by finding the pattern number you want: 1499. Once you open the correct drawer, locate the pattern 1499 inside the drawer. Be sure to only select the pattern packet that includes your specific size. There will be three sizes listed in the front upper left corner of the pattern packet: “SIZE U.S. 16-24,” for example.
Once you have your patter in your size, you are ready to decide on which vest style you wish to make. I selected style A. After you choose your style, turn your packet over to the back side. Here you will find some important sections: Fabrics, Notions, Body Measurement, Pattern Size, Vest A-C, Headband, and Finished Garment Measurements.Fabrics: this includes the suggested fabrics for the vest that you wish to make.Notions: this includes all of the necessary accessories that you will need for the style you are making. For example: zipper, buttons, and bias tape. Body Measurement: lists the specific measurements for the bust, waist, hip, and back. Pattern Size: lists the different sizes that your pattern comes in.Vest A-Z: this section lists the different styles of vests offered by the pattern. Each style includes how much material you need to make that specific style of vest, according to your size. There are two lines included:! one is for fabric that is 45 inches wide, and the other is for fabric that is 60 inches wide. You must refer to the fabric that you have selected to see how wide it is. Headband: this pattern includes a headband, and here you can find the specific amount of fabric that is required to make it.Finished Garment: this lists the inches of the completed vest according to the different sizes.
You should pay close attention to the section labeled Fabric. Your choice of fabric will be influenced by your personal style tastes, and what season you plan to wear your vest. Next, check the section labeled Body Measurements . Take a measuring tape with you to the store, so that you can double check your specific measurements. You may need to make adjustments to the pattern to make it fit your specific body type. You should also carefully read the section labeled Notions. Be sure to purchase all the necessary notions for the style of vest you wish to make.
Before you leave the store, consider the condition of your sewing kit/box at home. Is your sewing box full of all the necessary tools, and notions? Remember that you will gain more tools, and notions as you tackle more projects. I would like to suggest some basic items that you may wish to include in your sewing box:
1. Needles: for hand sewing and for the sewing machine.2. Thread3. Pins4. Pincushion5. Thimble6. Fasteners and closures: zippers, snaps, D-hooks, & swivel hooks.7. Cutting tools: scissors (paper & fabric), shears, thread clippers, pinking shears, thread clippers, pinking shears, embroidery scissors, seam ripper, and rotary cutter & mat.8. Trims and tape: ric-tax, bias tape, cording, & ribbon.9. Marking tools: tailor’s chalk, tracing wheel, and liquid washable fabric marking pen.10. Measuring tools: tape measure, sewing gauge, and ruler.11. Pressing tools: iron, ironing board, pressing cloth, and seam roll.
Once you arrive at home with your pattern, you are ready to begin. Inside the pattern packet you will find two types of sheets of paper. One group of sheets is white and contains all the instructions for sewing your vest. The other sheets are made of tissue paper, and are a light brown color. Be careful with the tissue paper sheets, for they brake easily. You need to separate the tissue paper sheets by the pieces that you will need to complete your vest. Refer to the instruction sheets to find the exact pattern pieces needed for your vest. Once you find all the pattern pieces, carefully cut out each piece. You may wish to glue/back each pattern piece with another stronger paper ( such as a sheet of copy paper, wrapping paper, or grocery bag). I used grocery bags to glue to the tissue paper pattern pieces to make them stronger, and easier to handle. I also used this step to enlarge the pattern pieces to match up with the measurements that I needed for my body type ( you may need to do this if you fall between sizes). Now that you have cut out the pattern pieces, you are ready to begin. First, read over the instructions carefully. Follow the numbered steps. Each step must be followed in the order listed. Your first instructions are labeled Cutting Instructions. They show how to lay out your fabric, along with each piece you need to cut for the style vest you are making. Also on this sheet (on the right side), you can find a section called General Directions. This section gives you some general pattern guidance, cutting directions, and marking directions. Once you understand these directions, lay out your fabric. Next, you should pin each individual pattern piece to your fabric. Follow the layout shown on the section for Cutting Layout. Once you are satisfied with the layout, cut out each pattern piece. After you have cut out all of your pattern pieces, you are ready to begin the section labeled Sewing Directions VEST A, B. If you are making another style, skip to that section. Your first instructions say:”1. Stay-stitch front and back neck edges…” Follow each sewing instruction in this section, from 1-11. These steps include:

  1. Stay stitching
  2. pinning side front to front, and stitching together
  3. Finishing edges of pockets with bias tape
  4. Stitch outside edge of bias tape on the pockets
  5. Pin pockets to pocket lines in front, and sew in place
  6. view B only
  7. Press seam toward pocket
  8. Pin front to side front, and stitch
  9. Clip side front seam allowance at ends of pockets, and press seam allowance open
  10. Pin side back to back, and stitch
  11. Finish armhole edges with bias tape, and stitch
  12. Finish lower edge of vest
  13. Place collar facing onto neck edge, and baste
  14. Place fabric collar pieces onto neck edge and stitch
  15. Press collar
  16. Finish front and collar edges
  17. Attach zipper
  18. Finish stitching zipper

Congratulations! You have finished your vest!
Please share in the comments some details about your project. It can be this pattern, or something else you have made/sewn. Thank you for sharing!

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