Rae‘s Tips for making a Quilted Vest:
Keeping quilted garments thin and
flexible is achievable if you use the right materials and trim the seams
judiciously. Here is how I did it...
This vest’s layers include the pieced cotton top, Hobbs cotton batting, and
silk crepe de chine lining. I cut each pattern
piece out of all three layers (1” larger than finished size all around) then
stacked each pattern piece and quilted them with free motion quilting. After quilting, each piece was pressed and
trimmed to the actual size of the pattern.
body of vest:
Because I planned to bind the front and back sections along the sides, I cut the
5/8” seam allowance off at each side seam. Next I sewed the fronts and back together at
the shoulder seams, trimmed the batting out of those seam allowances, and
finished the seam allowances. I applied a
binding to the full length of the side seams from back hem to front hem.