Flak Vest Tutorial. Draft your own pattern.

cr4nky

Hunter
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.
 

stormtrooperguy

Sr Hunter
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.
 

LadySewforus

Active Hunter
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!
 

Gaanyc Tor

New Hunter
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.
 
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Gaanyc Tor

New Hunter
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!:cheers(y)(y)
 
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Gaanyc Tor

New Hunter
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
 

Peregrinus

Active Hunter
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
 

Boba Mike

Hunter
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
 

Darth Mule

Active Hunter
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
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.
 

Peregrinus

Active Hunter
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
 

Catal

Jr Hunter
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.
 

ADeviantMuse

New Hunter
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 '½' symbol into the search bar, so I'm assuming he meant 3.5 inches.
 

Dfire

New Hunter
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 :)
 

ADeviantMuse

New Hunter
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.
 

BFQ

New Hunter
"Step 3: Front Neck and Shoulder

3 ½ inches to the left, and ½ 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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SPY007

Active Hunter
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?
 

tterrell

Hunter
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.
 

MercOfSteel

New Hunter
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.
 
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