A shorter post today for you. I wanted to share a free pattern that I have got a lot of use out of in the last couple of months- the So Zo Vest. You can tell that it is a good one because I have 4½ versions to share!
4 of my 5 are made from old oversized t-shirts. This pattern really doesn’t require much fabric- half a metre of most jerseys should be more than enough so it is also great for using up little bits from your stash. The advantage of using a t-shirt is that you don’t even need to sew the bottom hem, just use the one which is already there.
This might seem a seasonally inappropriate post, but I wear this sort of thing all year round- under another shirt or a dress in winter, and just with a cardigan in the summer. I don’t think I will ever need to buy another.
The instructions include the option to use flat elastic or fold over elastic. All of mine are made with Fold over (foe) purchased from various Etsy and eBay sellers. There are so many colours, patterns and options.
The ½ is for one which is not quite finished- it still needs straps but I ran out of elastic,
Such a simple pattern, but so useful! If you have never sewn with knits before this is a good option to try with very little waste or expense if it doesn’t turn out quite as planned, and a good opportunity to practice a few skills like applying the elastic. I made my first 3 on a regular sewing machine with a triple zigzag stitch and the last two on my new overlocker.
I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you haven’t before. Simple, free and minimal fabric requirements. What do you have to lose?
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You’ve inspired me to get sewing! I haven’t sewed for about 20 years (well apart from making a fancy dress costume in October but that was more just attaching bits to a top!)
I really want to give the vest top a go – love the fact you can recycle old t-shirt!
Quick question – I’m on Etsy and not sure what width FOE I should buy. I like the thickness you have used on your camisoles – what is it?
Hi Pippa, glad that I have inspired you! The elastic that I use is about 15mm, and gets folded in half to make the straps. Let me know how you get on or if you need some help.