Picture of Lined Vest From Old Clothing
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.
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Step 1: Material and Tools

Picture of 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

I wish I could sew like you! awesome work, as always :)

sunshiine (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
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!

That looks so comfy! I need something like this for when I make a mess while crafting. :P

sunshiine (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
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.