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Madden's Pirate Vest

Added Jun 17, 2010

by kcladwig007

Mc Kinney, Texas...




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My son is working as a lifeguard at a boyscout camp and once a week the lifeguards are required to dress up as pirates. He asked me if I could come up with a pirate costume for him. I started with an old vest pattern (McCall’s 7817) I had made for my husband. The fun part was that I used leftover drapery fabric, leftover quilt binding, and old buttons so it cost me nothing. I did not line or face the vest because it hot and it’s a costume. Using the quilt binding seems to provide the structure that a facing would give. I reinforced behind the buttonholes and buttons with interfacing. I cut the seam allowance off the vest because I was binding it. I am not happy with buttonhole placement. They are too far in. I am still trying to figure out how my buttonholer works.

Material Notes

I used leftover cotton chintz drapery fabric. It is burgundy and gold and has a chinoiserie theme. The binding is gold cotton batik with burgundy specks. I have a friend who gives me all her leftover quilt binding and my intention is to use it on clothing as much as possible.




Garment Type
Cotton, Other


McCall's 7817

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    Jun 18, 2010, 06.27 AMby elguanche

    Well done! And because of the binding, you don’t notice the mistake with the buttonholes. :D

    Have you sewn the binding by hand???? What a woooooork

    I love the fabric!

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