3" welt pocket
Its a tad off center, but still looks great.
Marked off 4" welt pockets. Side by side for alignment checking
Macro view of pocket, aligned on the dart.
Once everything lines up, contrasting basing thread for reference
Wrong side shown with basting thread and interfacing.
Align the center of the pocket material, right sides facing, with the bottom of the welt.
Stitch just inside the basting lines. Counting the stitches going vertically helps to match up both sides and ensure a square fit (notice I didn't do that on the left :D)
Cutting out the welt opening, through all layers, leaving little triangles at the end.
Wrong-side view of the cutting. Cut right to the corner of the stitches for a tight corner; failure to do so will make the edge of the pocket crooked.
View of the little triangle that will be sewn to form the square edge of the pocket.
Pocket material pulled through; soon to be pressed for crisp edges
Side by side, with both sets viewable
basting on collars
This isn't going to look to bad.. might even be presentable as a real vest!
Turned belts, edge stitched and put on the back.
Pinning the lining to the front; good sides facing each other. You have to reach in and pull it inside-out... who said sewing couldn't be metal?
Pinmongeddon - pulling pins left and right as I had to sew the longest seam in my life.
Heavy lifting: Done. Needs to be pressed and the sides to be stitched up tight; buttons wouldn't hurt either.
Check out that nice satin lining. I can see why rent-a-vests have only lining in the back and very little of anything else. Cheaper, faster, lighter.