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Sewing vest - instructions without sewing pattern for children's vest

  • Material and preparation
    • Our size chart
    • Template and cut of the fabric
  • Sew a vest

The temperatures are falling slowly and autumn or winter is just around the corner. So that our little ones do not freeze and are dressed appropriately for every occasion, I would like to sew a sleeveless vest with you today. Using our size chart, you can cut the appropriate pieces of fabric for your child or use an old sweater as a template.

The child vest is processed so that it can be turned after completion. First, you will receive detailed instructions on how to use the dimensions of our table or how to create a template without your own pattern. Then we sew the vest with the sewing machine or our overlock.

Material and preparation

You need this for the children's vest:

  • two different fabrics (0.5 m) depending on your preference
  • 2-3 push buttons
  • scissors
  • pen
  • ruler
  • our size chart or a sweater of your child as a template

Difficulty level 2/5
Drawing the template requires practice.

Cost of materials 2/5
about EUR 8 for fabrics and press buttons

Time expenditure 2/5
about 1.5 hours

Our size chart

All dimensions are already including seam allowance and for half front or back part! An own pattern is not necessary.

  • Size 68 - 74 Chest width 14 cm Height 33 cm Height Armhole 9.5 cm
  • Size 80 - 86 Chest width 15 cm Height 37 cm Height armhole 12 cm
  • Size 92 - 98 chest width 16.5 cm height 41.5 cm height armhole 13.5 cm

Template and cut of the fabric

Now we create our first front part in the break. I decided on the size 80 - 86.

Step 1: First we cut the fabric for the outside of the vest. To do this, fold it right to right so that we can crop in the fraction.

Step 2: Then we start with the bottom edge of the vest and record the length of the chest width (in our case 15 cm for size 80 - 86) horizontally.

3rd step: At a right angle we measure the height (here 37 cm) upwards.

4th step: To draw the edge to the sleeve, we now measure the height of the armhole upwards (here 12 cm) and move back about 2 cm inwards. Now we draw a slight curve to this point.

5th step: For the shoulder and the neckline, draw a 4-5 cm long line towards the material break and a nice curve for the neckline. This may sound a bit difficult at first, but with a bit of practice it's easy to handle.

Step 6: Then cut out the piece of fabric in two layers with a pair of scissors or a rotary cutter.

Step 7: For the back of the vest, we put the just cut front in the fabric break again on the double-folded fabric and trace the lines along the edge of the fabric.

ATTENTION: The underside of the back is slightly elongated with a nice curve, so that the fabric nicely adapts to the lower back or buttocks approach.

Also, the back is cut out now.

Step 8: Now cut the front of the vest in the middle.

To make the neckline on the front of the child vest slightly larger, we draw a line to flatten the edge in the middle. We do the same at the bottom and then cut off all edges.

Step 9: All three fabric pieces can now be used as a template for the inner fabric of the vest.

TIP: Since measuring the template requires some practice, you can easily measure the vest with an existing garment. To do this, fold the sweater or jacket in the middle and draw the sides with a pen on your fabric.

ATTENTION: Here a seam allowance of 1 - 1, 5 cm has to be added, otherwise the vest will be too small!

For the different shape of the back and front section, follow steps 7 and 8 above.

Sew a vest

Step 1: We start with the inner part of the children's vest and put all three pieces of fabric together right to right. We put the pages together with needles or Wonderclips.

Step 2: The two sides can now be sewn either with the sewing machine with the zigzag stitch or the overlock machine.

ATTENTION: On one of the two sides we leave an approx. 8 cm turning opening, so that the vest can be turned on the right side at the end.

You do the same with the front of the vest, but no turn-around is necessary here.

Step 3: Now place the front and back sides right to right and carefully fasten all the edges.

Step 4: Then we sew around the waistcoat, but save the 4 shoulders.

Step 5: The child vest can now be turned through the turning opening on the right side of the fabric.

Step 6: To sew off the shoulders, slip your hand back into the turn-up opening of the vest, put the corresponding shoulder parts on each other and pull them (without loosening the grip!) Out through the turning opening. The fabric only needs to be turned out far enough to sew off the edges.

The respective matching substances should now lie on top of each other.

Step 7: Now sew in a circle and then turn the vest back to the right side.

Step 8: Our vest is almost done! Before attaching the press studs, it is recommended to iron the vest once so that the edges are clearly visible. Then attach 2 or 3 push buttons on the front with the button pliers as you like.

Step 9: Finally, the small turning opening on the inside has to be closed. Just use needle and thread and sew both sides of the fabric together with the mattress stitch.

That's it! Even without your own pattern, you can now sew a vest for your children.

I wish you a lot of fun!

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