REFLECTIONS: This grey vest is for the Jan/Feb school wardrobe.
This is #2 of pre-retirement grey blazers / suit jackets re-fashioned into school days vests
to wear with winter pants and jeans. This is my first education job where jeans can be worn daily.
BEFORE: Much worn and now too small pre-retirement jacket from the closet.
Moths and wear left bare spots in the sleeves. Lining was ok.
Years ago shoulder pads were removed and oversized collar was trimmed down.
STEPS: This jacket will become an easy to wear vest.
- Use a seam ripper to remove and open the jacket sleeves and side seams.
- Serge exposed seams to prevent additional fraying.
- Use sleeves and sleeve lining to cut side inserts to enlarge the sides.
- Trim shoulder seam to fit narrow shoulders. Slowly 1/4" at a time, trying on for fit.
- Cut and insert bias armhole trim from the silk tie.
- Hand stitch trim fron the stash, Machine stitching did not lay flat and gathered jacket fabric..
- Change buttons found in the stash.
AFTER: Easy wear vest for a variety of grey, pink, black, white, purple tone turtlenecks.
|AFTER: Vest with top worn with original blazer. |
Shoulders were trimmed back to fit narrow shoulders.
Pinterest search shows some vests shoulders trimmed very narrow.
Handstitched stash trim was worth the time.
|Bias trim cut from stash tie.|
|Auditioning trim. |
Original double breasted buttons.
Much worn: Pre-retirement blazer from the closet.