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Vest feedback
« on: Dec 25, 2017, 09:40 PM »
I have what I hope to be a brilliant idea for my vest. I had an extra set of coveralls that I wasn't using, so I removed the lower half and cut down the sleeves. I think if I get the alignment correct, the snap closure at the neck will be covered with armor and thus not be visible.

Will this work?




and with plate templates attached:


Thanks!

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Re: Vest feedback
« Reply #1 on: Jan 08, 2018, 02:27 AM »
This is a great idea but the snap opening will have to be on your back. The chest has to be bare so that you can mount your armor.

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Re: Vest feedback
« Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2018, 03:55 PM »
Depending on the material of the coveralls (Most are a lightweight poly cotton twill) you may need to line the vest with Cotton duck to support the weight of your plates.

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Re: Vest feedback
« Reply #3 on: Jan 12, 2018, 07:36 PM »
Thanks for the replies!

I'm not sure I can remove the snap at the collar without ruining the fabric. I sewed a panel to the left side that will cover the snap and give me a place to add whichever armor-attachment mechanism I wind up going with. It is secured to the right side with velcro.



As for the fabric holding up the armor appropriately, this started out as a pair of the Red Kap Action back coveralls.
According to their website, it's made of 7.25 oz. Twill (65% Polyester / 35% Combed Cotton).

I have a stash of duck cloth I could try to line it with, but I'm not sure if my sewing skills are up to it. I have some iron-on heavy stabilizer I used recently to make an Imperial officer's hat, do you think that would work to give it some strength? It would be significantly easier to put that in place vs. sewing a lining.



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Re: Vest feedback
« Reply #4 on: Jan 12, 2018, 11:02 PM »
I am not yet an OM, but I have been  sewing and costuming  for the better part of 30 years.

I missed that this started out as ďaction back coveralls. The folds on the back which add flexibility to the coveralls will do the Ams thing for a garment meant to support armor plates. This is less than ideal.  They also mean that the vest cannot be reversed so the opening is in back.

The returns (technical term for the folds) can be topstitched shut to improve the rigidity of the garment.

The next problem would be putting the opening in the back (or the sides).

The neck opening for a shirt is cut lower in the front than the back. So simply turning it around will not work. This means taking out the zipper in front and joining the two front halves together with a straight seam. You could conceal A short Velcro opening on one shoulder seam. Then cut open one side, and either roll hem or close the edges with bias tape and add a Velcro closure.

This is a practical method of converting what you have to what you need. I am not sure how the app team might feel about a seam running down the center front of the vest. But I know that many approved flak vests have waist darts on the front or even full princess seams on the front of their vests. I doubt it would be an issue.

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Re: Vest feedback
« Reply #5 on: Jan 16, 2018, 01:05 AM »
I think itís too thin for plates. Duck cloth could save you, though. Center seam is ok as long as itís mostly covered by armor.

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