Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Free Downloadable PDF Pattern: Vest / Camisole / Singlet
I am so thoroughly excited to be able to offer you my first self-drafted FREE sewing pattern!!! It consists of two downloadable PDF documents, one containing the pattern pieces and the second containing full instructions on how to use this pattern and construct the garment. You will find links to both PDF documents on my 'Free Patterns' page.
This pattern has been graded to include UK sizes 8 - 16, which is US sizes 6 -14, Euro sizes 36 - 44 (Australian, Japanese and Italian sizes also explained in the size guide in the instruction PDF). It needs less than 60 cms or 1 yard of jersey, or even a large T-shirt plus some elastic and thread. Full details are included in the instructions document.
Thanks to the eccentricities of language and cultural difference, there appears to be no single English word for this type of garment, what I grew up calling a 'vest' is known to others as a 'camisole', 'singlet' and probably a myriad of other terms. But what I think most would agree on is how useful this type of garment can be. Whether you live somewhere that gets very hot, or are planning a holiday/vacation to such a place, this little garment might be just the ticket. Equally, if you want to keep warm, this will create a welcome extra layer under your clothing without adding bulk to your outfit. I can also recommend them for sleeping in!
This is such a speedy sewing project, and a great way to use up small amounts of jersey. I'll be specifically addressing how to use unwanted T-shirts with this pattern and sharing extra tips for doing so this Friday as the next instalment of my weekly Refashion Friday feature. So head over to the 'Free Patterns' page to download your own copy of this pattern and instructions.
I'd like to say a massive thanks to Claire from 'Sew Incidentally' for digitising this pattern and for being so patient and generally awesome. A truly generous lady.
Soon to come: free pants / knickers / undies pattern. Combined with this vest pattern, you'll be able to make yourself a super-cute undies set!