Vest from sweater

Here we show you how to turn a regular sweater into a vest with wide arm holes. You will need a jumper/sweater for this as well as some cotton rib knit fabric in a matching colour.

Example of basic sweater (fig. 1).

Example of basic sweater

Mark out the lines where to cut the sweater according to your personal preferences (fig. 2).

Mark out the lines where to cut the sweater according to your personal preferences

Cut out following your lines (fig. 3).

Cut out following your lines

Edging

You will need some cotton knit rib fabric. This type of fabric is the type used in sleeve cuffs etc. It is ribbed and stretchy and it comes in a tube. You can buy it by the meter but you do not need much. A quarter of a meter should be enough, with some to spare. The reason for using ribbing rather than regular fabric is that ribbing will pass around the curves easier due to the stretch quality of it. Below are some examples of cotton rib knit fabric (fig. 4).

Examples of cotton rib knit fabric

Mark out and cut 4 cm wide strips from your ribbed fabric. You will need 2 strips for this garment (fig. 5).

Mark out and cut two 4 cm wide strips from your ribbed fabric

Cut the side of the strips so they can be opened flat (fig. 6).

Cut the side of the strips so they can be opened flat

Measure, cut and join the strips until you have the required length of rib knit fabric (fig. 7).

Measure, cut and join the strips until you have the required length of rib knit fabric

Pin the strip to the RIGHT side of the sweater (right side to right side) all around the edge. Make sure the raw edge of the sweater is lined up with the raw edge of the strip. You may need to stretch around the corners (fig. 8).

Pin strip right side to right side along the raw edge of the sweater

Sew around the entire edge with a seam allowance of about 0,5 cm on the edge side (fig. 9).

Sew around the entire edge with a seam allowance of about 0,5 cm on the edge side

Once the strip is sewn into place fold it out and wrap it around the raw edge of the sweater fabric onto the back side (fig. 10).

Fold the strip out and wrap it around the raw edge of the sweater fabric onto the back side

Pin into place (fig. 11).

Pin into place

Sew along the join line of the rib knit edging on the front side. This should catch the edge of the rib knit on the back side. Once sewn you can remove any excess strip fabric from the back by cutting close to the stitch line (fig.12).

Sew along the join line of the rib knit edging on the front side

Example of finished result (fig. 13).

Example of finished result

 

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