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To make your own circle vest, you’ll need:
-1/2 yard of lightweight fabric
-a piece of string or yarn
-a tape measure
-a sewing machine
First, you’ll need to take your measurements. Measure around your chest at the widest part, and also measure from the top of your shoulder to your waist. Write down these numbers so you don’t forget them!
Next, take your string or yarn and measure out a length equal to your chest measurement. Cut the string, and then tie the ends together to make a big loop.
Now, use your pencil to mark a spot on the string where it crosses in the middle of your chest. This is the center front of your vest. Then, measure out 1/4 of your chest measurement to the left and right of the center front, and mark those spots. These are the side seams of your vest.
Next, measure down from the center front mark the length of your shoulder to waist measurement, and mark that spot. This is the bottom of your vest. Finally, measure out 1/4 of your chest measurement above and below the bottom mark, and mark those spots. These are the armholes of your vest.
Now that you have all your measurements marked, you can cut the string. You should now have a big loop of string with four marks on it – this is your vest pattern!
Lay your vest pattern on top of your fabric, and use a pencil to trace around it. Then, cut out the fabric along the traced line. You should now have two mirror image vest pieces.
To sew your vest together, put the two fabric pieces right sides together and sew along the side seams and armholes. Then, turn your vest right side out and try it on. If it fits, great! If not, you can make adjustments by cutting the fabric and re-sewing it together.
Once you’re happy with the fit of your vest, you can finish the raw edges by serging them or using a zigzag stitch. Then, put on your new vest and enjoy!