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Mandalorian Armor => Soft Parts => Topic started by: Ko' Tetsu on May 06, 2012, 02:50 AM

Title: vest WIP (warning: slow progress)
Post by: Ko' Tetsu on May 06, 2012, 02:50 AM
Okay, so my wife found about 1 and 1/3 yards of a silvery colored vinyl material.  I know it will be warm but if I can make a vest out of it the price will be good until I can find something better.  The material only cost a dollar at a thrift store.  If I fold the material in half and hold it at shoulder level the bottom comes to about the top of my bellybutton. 

My original idea was to cut a hole for my head and then cut the sides as needed to make a poncho.  So I would cut the white parts out of the following pic.

(http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p511/Darth_Sarge/2012-05-05_21-28-25_664.jpg)

After doing that I would put grommets in the sides so that I could use a leather string to lace up the sides.

(http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p511/Darth_Sarge/Untitled.png)

The red lines being the armor plates and the little white spots being grommet holes.  The orange spot is where my bellybutton should approx. line up.
Title: Re: Vest idea (need help)
Post by: Choruk Diryc on May 06, 2012, 11:53 AM
That sounds like a great idea for an easy to make vest! If you do that Id caution you to make marks while its on you so that you cut it tailored to your body shape. It will be easier to see how it should actually be cut rather than if you were to do something like make 4 equal boxes cut out.

Also, you might want to make darts in places - ie around the shoulders and/or chest areas if youre more buff, etc just something to keep it from looking like a baggy poncho. Hope this helps!  :D I'll definitely be watching to see how it goes.
Title: Re: Vest idea (need help)
Post by: Ko' Tetsu on May 06, 2012, 12:37 PM
I was gonna cut the head hole first so I could see how it lays and then cut the rest so that it fits right.  I hadnt thought of the darts though, thanks.
Title: Re: Vest idea (need seamstress advice)
Post by: Mom2Mando on May 06, 2012, 11:17 PM
I would suggest trying it out with paper before you cut your fabric.  You can get large tissue paper, newsprint, or butcher paper.  Cut the paper the same size as your fabric, and see if it will work.  Seems like it should if you are careful.
Title: Re: Vest idea (need seamstress advice)
Post by: Ko' Tetsu on May 07, 2012, 12:19 AM
If i had thought of that i wouldnt have needed posted this. I even have a roll of butcher paper . Awesome idea thanks :).
By the way...i have seen a few if your wip posts.  Stellar work :-)

Okay. Now that i have a super easy test method i will try to work on that this week and take some pics
Title: Re: Vest idea (need seamstress advice)
Post by: Mom2Mando on May 09, 2012, 08:32 PM
Awesome idea thanks :)

You're welcome. Don't forget to post as-you-go pics to show others beginning to sew.

By the way...i have seen a few if your wip posts.  Stellar work :-)

Thanks so much.
Title: Re: vest WIP
Post by: Ko' Tetsu on Jul 20, 2012, 04:28 AM
Not sure of anybody is still watching this but i have been away for a while.
Progress update - i tried the paper template mom2mando suggested. I think this idea would work in a pinch but after getting it put together the fit wasnt right. It was about 6 inches short. My wife talked me into buying a vest instead of making own.
Title: Re: vest WIP
Post by: Dar'manda on Jul 26, 2012, 09:44 AM
sorry that did not wok out for you.
Vests are a hard thing to get right. I had the advantage in that i know how to make a doublet and the vest is not that far off from a doublet. And it still took me a while to get right. With my new kit i am using a swat team vest. But then i have a set of legacy armor and you dont even see the vest at all.
Title: Re: vest WIP
Post by: Ko' Tetsu on Jul 29, 2012, 08:57 PM
Actually i think the idea would work for a starter vest for first time builders on a budget but my material wasn't long enough for me. I suppose i could take the extra off of the sides and sew it onto the bottom and it would probably work.  My wife gave the ok to buy one though so I will probably buy one from Mar'eyce when she ready to make more
Title: Re: vest WIP
Post by: Ko' Tetsu on Aug 26, 2012, 10:42 PM
Ok, so I scrapped the above idea, and used an idea I found elsewhere to start fresh which can be found here 
http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=22566.0
I forgot to take pictures before I dropped it off with a local seamstress to get it finished up so I apologize for that.  However, the original idea I had is basically similar to the link above, except that I did not have a tshirt to start out with.

In a few weeks when I get the vest back from the seamstress I will try to remember to take some pictures and post them.