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    Aug 9, 2009, 12:18 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #26

    well i have my flak vest sewn together for the most part... well as most as its willing to go... i double checked all my measurements and everything, but when i try to put it on, theres a 4" gap in the back and it wont close all the way... also there is no room for the dart along the sides... the arm holes are very small too... very confusing.. is there another pattern that can be used for making the flak vest? :s
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    Jan 9, 2010, 5:10 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #27

    Necro-ing this to ask a question, DM. Everything for my vest pattern has gone flawlessly, except for two things.

    1. N is closer to CD than P, by my measurements. This interferes with drawing the front armhole curve. Advice?

    2. You left DD out of your instructions. I see it on your attached pic, though. What should I be doing here?

    Thanks in advance, and thanks again for posting this in the first place.

    --Jonah
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    Jan 10, 2010, 12:30 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #28

    Great tutorial thanks Darth Mule,
    I encountered similar problems with some of the measurements as others have mentioned but I just added extra to the pattern until it looked right.
    Thanks again appreciated
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    Jan 14, 2010, 9:39 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #29

    Quote Gaanyc Tor said: View Post
    well i have my flak vest sewn together for the most part... well as most as its willing to go... i double checked all my measurements and everything, but when i try to put it on, theres a 4" gap in the back and it wont close all the way... also there is no room for the dart along the sides... the arm holes are very small too... very confusing.. is there another pattern that can be used for making the flak vest? :s
    Quote Peregrinus said: View Post
    Necro-ing this to ask a question, DM. Everything for my vest pattern has gone flawlessly, except for two things.

    1. N is closer to CD than P, by my measurements. This interferes with drawing the front armhole curve. Advice?

    2. You left DD out of your instructions. I see it on your attached pic, though. What should I be doing here?

    Thanks in advance, and thanks again for posting this in the first place.

    --Jonah
    Wow! A thread from the bowels of the TDH. Sorry I haven't checked this in years.

    One day I will have to update this thread. I have a better pattern block in my head, I just have to transfer it to paper. I put this one together in the early days of my training. Since then I have become a an official patternmaker and tailor in the professional sense and then stopped doing that to try my hand at costume design. So this is a bit dated.

    That being said. It is still a decent tutorial. I just need to clean things up bit.

    Gaanyc:

    Firstly, I hope you mocked this up first. That is to say, sewed it together in a cheap fabric to make sure you got it the way you want.

    Despite what you've said about double checking your measurements, you did something wrong. The size of the armhole is dependent on 3 measurements:

    1) Shoulder length (AA to CC, N to K) - The length from the side of your neck to the tip of your shoulder (basically where the shoulder seam in a t-shirt sits)

    2) Chest and back width (G to BB, P to H) - Measuring from where your chest/back meets where your arm attaches to your body (not underneath), from one side to another.

    3) Half your torso length - the bit where it tells you to divide in 1/4, then in another 1/4.. Fairly straight forward.

    I think you missed something on one of these. That's what it sounds like.

    Perigrinus:

    Sounds like you might have done one of the same. Possibly too long a shoulder measurement.

    In regard to the 'DD' questions. I think I eliminated DD from my instructions because it was unnecessary and I just combined it with CC. The image is stock and I didn't alter it, thus it still being present.
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    Jan 16, 2010, 12:36 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #30

    I think I can work with that. I'm going to be redoing my measurements tomorrow. Looking forward to your updated template/tutorial. I'm going to be going through a fiber-arts program here in another year or so, myself. As it is, I know just enough about pattern-making to be dangerous, but I'm pretty good at modding them to suit.

    --Jonah
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    Sep 19, 2010, 10:14 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #31

    Ok, reading through the instructions I'm having a bit of an issue. What the heck is "½"? As in
    Step 3: Front Neck and Shoulder



    3 ½ inches to the left, and ½ inch up from C, mark K.

    Having a very hard time puzzling this out.
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    Sep 20, 2010, 12:04 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #32

    Catal: Since I'm planning on using this tutorial soon myself, I did a quick Google search. The results made it appear that I had entered a '' symbol into the search bar, so I'm assuming he meant 3.5 inches.
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    Sep 20, 2010, 9:47 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #33

    Thank you so much! That will make it much easier.
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    Sep 27, 2010, 4:47 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #34

    I'm not sure if this was answered here or not so here we go.
    About how much fabric should I buy to make a vest using this tut? Keep in mind I wear an XL t-shirt.
    Thanks
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    Sep 27, 2010, 6:56 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #35

    The width you need will be double of your chest measurement, and the length will be a bit more than the A-B measurement. Be sure to round up when purchasing your fabric; it's always better to have too much than too little.
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    Jun 6, 2013, 11:34 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #36

    gracias!!1 man
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    Oct 24, 2013, 4:44 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #37

    "Step 3: Front Neck and Shoulder

    3 inches to the left, and inch up from C, mark K."

    what does the &#189 mean? I've seen it in a few places and I don't understand what it is. Thanks guys.

    - - - Updated - - -

    NVM, just saw DeviantMuse answered it. thanks again!
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    Nov 3, 2013, 6:39 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #38

    Dart Mule:

    The shoulder pattern you have drawn, does that need extra added for it's attachment to the vest. or is the drawing the total size of unattached piece?
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    Aug 4, 2014, 1:44 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #39

    Attn: TDH admin or forum moderator....
    Can someone clean up the extra formatting codes in this tut? I tend to drift off after seeing too many [font] atrribute strings in these posts.
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    Sep 13, 2014, 10:42 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #40

    Has anyone used real leather for their flak vest? I found a place that'll sell me a side of soft leather for $25/7-10 sqft.
  17. Apr 23, 2015, 9:59 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #41

    Quote MercOfSteel said: View Post
    Has anyone used real leather for their flak vest? I found a place that'll sell me a side of soft leather for $25/7-10 sqft.
    How did leather work out for you? I've been contemplating that myself, as I am working on a set of steel armor plates, and leather would look awesome, and be nice and strong : )
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    May 1, 2015, 3:45 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #42

    Sorry for the newb question but what material/fabric do you use?
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    Oct 25, 2015, 3:49 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #43

    Hi,

    i try to make the Vest. My question is. When i take 1/4 from the length measurement is ist not too short? Or misunderstood the step?

    Regards
    Marko
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    Dec 11, 2015, 11:12 AM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #44

    Great patterns Darth Mule
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    Jan 22, 2016, 6:25 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #45

    Hello,

    This is an awesome tutorial.However I am unsure of what the following highlighted items mean.Can someone please decode this?

    3 inches to the left, and inch up from C, mark K.

    2 inches down from C, mark M.

    Note: I usually find it helpful to bring the curve to within inch of M on line L-M, so that the neckline is squared off at the fold.

    To the left of D, measure one quarter of the total waist measurement, plus inch, and mark Q.

    Draw a horizontal line above A-E.

    To the right of B, measure one quarter of the total waist measurement, minus inch. Mark EE.

    Thanks, Daren
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    Mar 20, 2016, 5:49 PM - Re: Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern. #46

    Quote Fettfan40 said: View Post
    Hello,

    This is an awesome tutorial.However I am unsure of what the following highlighted items mean.Can someone please decode this?

    3 inches to the left, and inch up from C, mark K.
    2 inches down from C, mark M.
    Note: I usually find it helpful to bring the curve to within inch of M on line L-M, so that the neckline is squared off at the fold.
    To the left of D, measure one quarter of the total waist measurement, plus inch, and mark Q.
    Draw a horizontal line above A-E.
    To the right of B, measure one quarter of the total waist measurement, minus inch. Mark EE.
    Thanks, Daren
    These instructions reference the image of the pattern on graph paper from the first post.

    I'm working on this now and have some clarifying comments:

    The front and back width measurements are taken from where your arms connect on the front and back of your body. Imagine measuring while wearing a t-shirt and measuring from arm sleeve front seam to arm sleeve front seam. Not under your arm at nipple level, or in the armpit. For some reason this gave me trouble as on my body my nipples are below my armpits, so I got confused about where to measure. If your "P" point is to the left of your "N" point then you're measuring incorrectly like I initially did.

    Also, the first post has some ACII code in place of fractions:
    &#188 means 1/4
    &#189 means 1/2

    Hope this helps others with their flak vest projects.
    Last edited by Gregory; Mar 20, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

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