How to Make a Ruffled Vest




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Step 1: Cutting Out the Vest

1. First turn the pants inside out, pin the two layers of the leg together and cut out a long rectangle thats bigger at one end.

Step 2: Sewing the Perimeter

2. Repeat with the other leg, then sew a seam around the entire perimeter of each rectangle. Leave a small gap and turn them both right side out.

Step 3: The Top Seam

3. Sew a top seam around each rectangle and close up your gaps.

Step 4: Making the Ruffles

4. Slightly overlap the two wider ends then pin. Now make small pleats all the way down one side and pin. Repeat on the other side, making sure to fold both sides under.

Step 5: Sewing the Ruffles

5. Sew the pleats on one end starting at the end then stopping in the middle. Go with the pleats, not against. Then sew the other half the same way.

Step 6: Measuring the Elastic

6. Next take out some inch-wide elastic, fit it around your neck, under your arms and connect it at the back. Then pin the middle of the elastic to the middle of the garment.

Step 7: Sewing the Elastic to the Garment

7. Then sew the elastic to the garment, making sure you stretch the elastic as you sew, so the ruffles will scrunch up more. Start in the middle and work your way to one end. Repeat on the other side.

Step 8: Sewing Down the Elastic

8. Now sew down both sides of the elastic, again, stretching as you sew.

Step 9: Finishing Up!

9. Then overlap the ends of the elastic and sew it together in a rectangular motion. Add a hap-harzard stitch in the middle and at the ends and you are done!

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    15 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 7

    When you're sewing elastic in, stretching it from one direction isn't a good idea because it can pull the needle forward onto the plate and it'll break or bend the needle. Instead, stretch it either side of the needle and move along with the machine.

    Great instructable though, will definitely be trying it out.


    10 years ago on Step 9



    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thats so cool!i love making stuff like that!you could make a smaller one 4 around a hat with a brim or as a hairband!


    11 years ago on Step 9

    awesome. looks so easy to do im going to try it now.

    rc jedi

    11 years ago on Introduction

    i don't care much about sewing, but the model might be able to talk me into it.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Looks really cool! I remember in my class not to long ago (Sewing/ Cooking class) that we learned the ruffle method. Nice job!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Looks very StarTrek to me. Add some of indymogul's facial prosthetics for maximum effect. ;)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Whoa, looks great. Nice, thanks for sharing!