Anyways onto the instructions on how to make a vest! I found a pattern for Reversible Vest from Pants (which by the way the blog she found it on is AWESOME and you should check it out!) I changed it a little since I was not making mine from pants :)
First trace out a pattern. Since my mom had already made a vest, I just used her pattern. I did make it a little smaller since hers was for a size 2T and it was too big on Jakah
Fold fabric in half, and pin pattern onto the material. Cut along pattern.
(the back is made out of satin, if I do this again I would not use satin!)
Do the same pattern on the front, as the back. Except for the front, cut along the folded edge to make 2 pieces
I forgot to take a picture of the front cutting part Oops! But you want to make 4 pieces for the front total. And 2 for the back.
This is the back, and after I had cut this out, my mom informed me that it was supposed to be straight on the back not come to a V.... Ugh! But we worked with what we had!
Pin the front pieces to the back pieces. 2 front pieces to 1 back piece... both times
(make sure the sides you want showing on the outside are both touching on the inside at this point!)
Sew Just along the flat seam on the side.... Under the arm hole area
It should then look like this.... Do this to the other one you pinned also
Once that is done, Iron down your seam and then pin both sets together (pattern facing each other so you see the insides). You then want to sew the edges together all along the pinned area EXCEPT for the tops (shoulder part) and the bottom along the back. (you have to be able to turn it right side out!)
Once you have sewen the seams, turn it right side out. Fold down the edges of the shoulder area and pin together. Sew one (or in my case 2) seams so that they are sewen together. Fold the back underneath and sew together to create a seam
And you are done!
It turned out super cute! Once I make the tie part I will take a picture of Jakah in the whole outfit! I know its not the best sewing job, but for a beginner I think I did pretty good. (and really who is going to criticize my mistakes when they see how cute Jakah looks in it!)
P.S. Sorry if my instructions are confusing, I meant to take more pictures but was caught up in the sewing part... Check out http://www.makeit-loveit.com/ for better instructions