This year I wanted to buy my husband some flannel shirts and vests because, as you can see from these pictures, his are getting thin and worn.

He is a very tall, thin man and it is difficult to find clothing in his size. For several weeks I searched both locally and online but could not find anything. I even called manufacturers and asked about special ordering some items, but none could help. There are a lot of people that have this problem and unless you spend nearly a hundred dollars for custom tailored shirts, you either go without or make your own.

Now, I have learned the hard way not to sew anything with nice fabric until the pattern is perfectly adjusted to fit my husband, so I went to Goodwill and bought some used jeans and decided to use a few of his old favorite shirts and a vest that fit for a pattern and lining. This instructable will show you how I made a custom tailored vest for my husband for only a few dollars.

Step 1: Material and Tools

Here is what you will need:

Several old jeans and flannel shirts
Matching thread.
A vest with all the seams, threads, and pockets removed and pressed.
18" separating Metal zipper or buttons
Ironing board
Sewing machine
Zipper-foot attachment helps to sew close to the seam but it is optional
Seam ripper
Sewing Thread
Heavy duty sewing thread or triple the sewing thread
Tape measure
Sewing pins
My Mom sews very well by hand, So she took one of my stained white Sweat shirts, and cut it open down the middle.<br><br>She hemmed it by hand and we put a super nice Jeans jacket over it.<br><br>It hides the stains and makes it super warm. after my cast comes off I will be able to finish it. I promise t o post pics
<p>I wish I could sew like you! awesome work, as always :)</p>
Believe it or not, I have been sewing for many years but only in the last 20 or so, have I been able to make things look professional and I don't always achieve that every time. I learned the hard way if I sew it incorrectly, I rip it out right then and re-sew it. It saves a lot of headaches! I wish you the best on your entry and hope you win a shiny new sewing machine!<br>sunshiine
<p>That looks so comfy! I need something like this for when I make a mess while crafting. :P </p>
Hey Jessy! Thanks for taking a peek! I have not thought about using a vest for crafting but . . . . an oversized vest would be great! I sent hubby the link and he loves it! Looks like I will be making more when I get home. Have a great weekend.<br>sunshiine

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