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Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

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    Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Took me awhile to get to this as I've been swamped at work, but I thought I'd go ahead and put it together while I was drafting one of my own. I'll post pics once I get a finished vest. Hopefully by the end of the weekend.

    [font=Times New Roman]Drawing a Flak Vest Pattern___________________________________________ ____[/font]





    [font=Times New Roman]Tools Needed[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]24-inch Ruler or yardstick[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]Right Angle[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]18 inch plastic C-Thru grid ruler[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]French curve (preferably #17)[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]Pencil[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]Craft or pattern paper[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Measurements required[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]Note: When taking your measurements, expand all fractional measurements to the nearest half inch. For example, 36 ¼” becomes 36 ½”. [/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]1. Chest plus 2 inches = total chest measurement[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]2. Waist plus 2 inches = total waist measurement[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]3. Length – Find by putting your belt on around your natural waist (around your navel level) and measuring from your back nape of neck to the bottom of the belt.[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]4. Neck to Shoulder[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]5. Front Width – Across chest, around nipple level from arm to arm (not underarm).[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]6. Back Width – Across back, same level, arm to arm.[/font]





    [font=Times New Roman]Before beginning, note the following computations:[/font]


    [font=Times New Roman]a. ½ total chest measurement[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]b. ¼ length measurement[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]c. ½ front width[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]d. ¼ total waist measurement[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]e. ½ back width[/font]


    Continued in next post
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails flakvestblock-jpg  
    Last edited by Darth Mule; Nov 8, 2005 at 10:20 PM. Reason: corrections

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    [font=Times New Roman]Step 1: Draw a Rectangle[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]A-B and C-D equal the length measurement.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]A-C and B-D equal one-half the total chest measurement, plus 1/2 inch.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 2: Construction Lines[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Divide A-C & B,D in half by drawing a vertical line, E-F.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]From points A and C, measure down one quarter of the length measurement, creating points G and H. Connect points G and H, forming horizontal line, G-H. This is the front and back Width Line.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]From points G and H, measure down one quarter of the length measurement plus one inch, creating points I and J, forming a horizontal line. I-J is the chest line.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Front Section[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 3: Front Neck and Shoulder[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]3 ½ inches to the left, and ½ inch up from C, mark K.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]3 inches down from K, mark L.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]2 ½ inches down from C, mark M.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Connect K to L and L to M with straight lines, forming a right angle.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Use French Curve to draw in the neck curve from K to M. [/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]Note: I usually find it helpful to bring the curve to within ½ inch of M on line L-M, so that the neckline is squared off at the fold.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]1 3/8 inches below the A-C line, draw a horizontal line.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]To determine the front shoulder line, place the starting end of the ruler on K and angle it to hit the horizontal line you have just drawn at exactly the neck to shoulder measurement on the ruler. Mark N at this point and connect to point K with a straight line.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 4: Front Armhole[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Mark O on the I-J line at the point where it crosses the E-F line. This is the base of the armhole.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]To the left of H, measure half the front width measurement and mark P.[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]Use French Curve to connect N to P with a slight curve. Connect P to O with a larger curve.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 5: Side Seam[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]To the left of D, measure one quarter of the total waist measurement, plus ¼ inch, and mark Q.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Connect O and Q with a straight line, completing the side seam. [/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Back Section[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 6: Back Neck and Shoulder[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Draw a horizontal line ½ above A-E.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]To the right of G, measure one half of the total back width and mark BB.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]3 inches up from BB, mark CC, and connect them with a vertical line.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Position the starting end of the ruler on CC and angle it up to hit the horizontal line you drew above A-E at exactly the neck to shoulder measurement. Mark AA at this point and connect with a straight line. This is the back shoulder.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Connect A to AA with a slight curve. This is the back neck.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 7: Complete Back Armhole[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Use French Curve to connect BB to O.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 8: Side Seam[/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]To the right of B, measure one quarter of the total waist measurement, minus ¼ inch. Mark EE.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Connect EE to O with a straight line, completing the side seam.[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Step 9: Add Seam Allowance[/font]



    [font=Times New Roman]Add the desired seam allowance (commercial patterns use 5/8”) to all sides of your pattern except for those that will go on a fold, such as the center front. [/font]

    [font=Times New Roman]Also, to give a little more movement room, add an additional 3/8" to each of the side seams, front and back.[/font]







    [font=Times New Roman]*Directions for Flak Vest Pattern are directly based on the directions for a male body block found in The Costume Technician’s Handbook by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey.[/font]





    Shoulder should look something like this:
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    Last edited by Darth Mule; Jan 27, 2006 at 8:39 AM. Reason: Forgot something

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    And here's pics of the finished product. This is made from the pattern instructions posted above. Notice how it is fitted throughout the waist unlike most of the cheerleader patterned vests.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails vest-002-jpg   vest-003-jpg  

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Well done

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Update. Edited part of the instructions to add for additional movement room.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Excellent!! Thank you.

    Alan

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Thank you for listing the reference book The Costume Technician’s Handbook. I was able to find a used copy at Amazon for $20 shipped.

    Alan

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    No prob. It's a good piece of knowledge. I have altered the above directions from the book to fit the task of creating a flak vest, but the book has a buttload of useful info.

    Note: Edited the directions above on 11/08/04 simply because I improved on them.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Awesome job DM. Thanks for posting this!

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    The tut' is fantastic! I've now got my own vest all drawn out, and cut out of the fabric I'm using.

    One thing though.

    Is there any tutorial or advice you can post here for the order of sewing? As in which bits to sew together in which order? I have an idea on where to start but ny advice is always appreciated and helpful.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    as i am one of these people with not enough time to sit down and do it myself, where is the best one to buy? or who from? i am in the progress of doing a ROTJ and want to make it as accurate as possible...

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Skupilkinson said: View Post
    Is there any tutorial or advice you can post here for the order of sewing? As in which bits to sew together in which order? I have an idea on where to start but ny advice is always appreciated and helpful.
    Aye, can somebody post some pics, or some examples? I tried this myself, and it turned out horrible. I could use some guidance on how to sew it and where to sew it. I'm learning how to use a sewing machine, so any advice would be appreciated.

    Also, how do you put it on? Do you have an opening somewhere? Like a zipper, or snaps?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    I have a question as well...

    Do you use something inbetween the outer and inner layer of fabric to make it thicker? I'm thinking something along the lines some very thin batting or something just to get it to look a little better. I haven't seen one of these up close so I try to get it from pics, which isn't the easiest way. I'm just afraid that to layers of fabric with nothing to thicken it will make it look a little flimsey.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    I used wadding, and that looks great.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    And wadding is? Hehe. Madly different terminology on stuff like this in Norway. Same as batting or whatever people call the white, soft and fluffy stuff you use in the neckseal? :-)

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Sounds like it's the same stuff. Worked a treat for my vest. It's actually a lot of fun. To see it come together that is. I'm thinking of making some more so I have a choice.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Cool, thanks!

    I have enough tackle twill to make two, so if the first one is good, I'll make another for myself too, or sell it (if the quality is good enough that is).

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Nice work , Thank you .

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    awesome work man!!! thanks for this it will be very helpful.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    I just have a quick question, mine is going to be made for my own custom beskar'gam so and i was going to use this black vinyl imitation leather.... any idea if my sewing machine is going to be able to punch through that? thanks

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    I think it would depend on the thickness of the material. And you'd need to get the right type of needle, which you can find in any store selling sewing machines etc.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    when sewing vinyl you also may need a different foot for the machine. them metal ones tend to get stuck. they sell plastic feet meant for this sort of thing.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    You can purchase what is called a walking foot for about $20 if you need to. They do sell as stormtrooperguy mentioned a "teflon" foot. It is meant to be non-stick.

    You can sprinkle baby powder on the vinyl where you plan to sew, but keep the dust down. You do not want that to get up into your machine. But a light layer can help to make the vinyl more slick. There is one more tip. There is something called "Sewer's Aid"
    It is like a liquid silicon that you dab onto the vinyl and it will help the needle and thread move smoothly and the material move smootly under the foot.
    You can find it at a sewing store, in the notions department.

    I have had no problems with staining at all, but you may want to try it on a scrap to make sure.

    You should also try a "leather" needle, which is stronger and sharper than your average sewing needle.


    Good Luck and have fun!

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    Awesome, thanks for all your help guys (and gals), Im going to begin sewing today!
    with my mothers help of course, gotta love her even tho she thinks im crazy lol.
    Last edited by Gaanyc Tor; Aug 3, 2009 at 6:04 PM.

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    Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

    This pattern is amazing, i had a bit of confusion with the picture featuring point DD and the lack of instruction for point DD, but i soon realized my error
    Keep up the good work!:thumbup
    Last edited by Gaanyc Tor; Aug 5, 2009 at 2:49 AM.

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