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My Hubby had a quadruple bypass 2 winters ago.  Ever since then, he has had a hard time “keeping his core warm”.  He has resorted to cutting the sleeves off sweat shirts and wearing the sweat shirt sleeveless, as part of his keeping warm agenda.  I asked my Hubby what he would like in a warm vest.  The next day he bought a sweat shirt and zipper for me to use to make one.  Here we go on the adventure of creating a Warm Vest out of a Sweat Shirt.
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Step 1:

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A sweat shirt, new ($5-$10) or used (raid the closet)
Matching thread
24” jacket zipper (+/- $3, this kind releases at the bottom so you totally open your vest)
Sewing scissors
Sewing machine
Straight pins
Straight edge
Steam Iron
Ironing board

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If your sweat shirt is new, please wash and dry it before starting on your project.  This way any shrinkage will occur before you make the vest.

Lay out the sweat shirt on a table for cutting. Cut off both sleeves.  Set aside, these will provide the material for the pockets.  Did I forget to tell you that this vest would have pockets?  Okay, it will have pockets.
(At this point I will apologize that this sweat shirt is so dark.  I didn't realize how hard it would be to photograph.  I will remember this and consider it a lesson learned.)

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Fold a ½ inch of material around the arm hole, in toward the body of the shirt. Steam Press it. 

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Sew this down to finish the edges.  I used a zigzag stitch.  It looks nicer.  Do the same thing to the other arm hole.

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Now the arm holes are done.
grannyjones3 years ago
The hood could be cut apart for inside pockets--
which could then hold miscellaneous handy stuff;
or could be located to hold those open and shake warmers
on those fiercely cold days.
I would put them where the heat felt the best.
craftknowitall (author)  grannyjones3 years ago
Thanks for the idea and thanks for looking.
l8nite3 years ago
after a couple of spine injuries I to need to keep my back warm but don't always need/want the added weight of sleeves. I'm always on the lookout at thrift stores for sweatshirts and heavy flannel or denim work shirts that can have the arms amputated, even some light weight lined jackets and suit jackets have suffered from my razor knife surgery. An added attraction of the shirts and jackets is the additional pockets plus is there anything more redneck chic than a sleeveless suit jacket? Thank you for sharing.
craftknowitall (author)  l8nite3 years ago
LOL, you sound like my Hubby. He hasn't taken the vest off (except for bed) since I made it. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when it needs to be washed? Thanks for looking.
This is great. Lots of good tips too!
craftknowitall (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank you!
Dutch563 years ago
You could save a step when it comes to the zipper by buying zipper front "hoodies" and removing the hood.
craftknowitall (author)  Dutch563 years ago
You are right, but I was using the sweat shirt my Hubby got for me. Trust me when I do the shopping (and I will because he wants another one) I will. My Hubby has made it clear he doesn't want a hood though, and a one with out a hood will be a little harder to find. Thanks for your comment and for looking.