One Hour Circle Vest

One Hour Circle Vest

Do you have leftover yardages of fabric? I'm talking 1 to 2 yards, which may or may not be enough for you to make a complete garment.  Well, here's a solution to what you can do with those pieces of yardage...why not make this cute, simple, easy circle vest/jacket.

Measure from shoulder to shoulder to get correct back width.
Measure from shoulder down to finished vest length

This simple project starts by cutting out a simple circle, similar to cutting a circle skirt.  The circle cut can range in any size from 38" up to 60", depending on the width of your fabric. This will be the total circumference of your circle. Once your circle is cut, you can begin the process of making the vest. Start by finding the center point of your circle, and place a chalk mark on it. It is from this point that you will mark the shoulder width.

Once the chalk mark is made, using the measurement of your back, divide this number by 2. (ex. 14" back divided in half would be 7") Measuring from this center mark, you will measured 7" and mark it from both directions. Once theses markings have been made, open up the circle so that you can mark the armholes.

Using the markings that were made at the 7" mark, you want to mark the armholes. Wrap the measuring tape around your armhole, making sure there is enough room for movement, to get your armhole measurement.  Now, take this measurement and mark it on your circle. If your armhole measurement is 24", then you will mark 6" from each side of your 7" mark. You are only marking 6" (total of 12) because once the slit is made, the entire opening will measure 24"

You now just cut the slit open.  In it's open state, you can see that the entire opening is much wider than the 12" you's 24".  That covers 12" for the armhole front as well as 12" for the armhole back.

You now will need to finish the slit that you cut for your armhole.  I chose to attach seam binding or bias tape.  You can cut your own bias tape, which will match your fabric and give it a more professional look.  Cutting bias tape or seam binding is a simple process. 

When you have cut the amount of seam binding that you need to cover the entire opening, attach the binding to the armhole opening, sewing with right sides together, I used a 1/4" seam allowance for this part of the project, rather than the standard 5/8" seam allowance. When joining the ends, you want to make sure that you limit seam binding bulk

Now, wrapping the binding on itself, pin it in place so that you can stitch it down.  You will stitch it on the right side, stitching in the ditch, which will catch the fold portion on the back at the same time concealing the stitching that was done on the right side. 

With the seam binding completely attached, you notice that the corners are sticking up and need to be tamed.  

Pin the seam binding together creating a mitered corner which will allow  it to lay flat, giving a finished professional look

This is the finished look of the seam binding that was inserted into the armhole and the finish is stunning!  A nice and neat job, which looks very professional. Now all  that's left to do is to finish the hem of the vest/jacket.

To him your vest/jacket, you want to select a hemming method that will look good on the right side as well as on the wrong side.  My recommendation is 1) a serger roll hem stitch, or 2) a machine rolled edge stitch. For this project, I used a machine rolled edge stitch, and as a result, no matter which way the edges cascade, you will always see a nice professional looking hem.  I hope you have fun with this project...Happy Sewing!