Added Jun 1, 2010
Begin with the Easy-Fitting Overgarment Block, or, alternatively, the Men's Shirt Block (to which you may need to add a little bit of ease, however, as the vest needs to be large enough to accommodate the batteries sewn in near the hem line - I'd go for at least ten centimeters or four inches of overall ease if you are using the shirt block. If you are using the Easy-Fitting Overgarment Block, this amount of ease is already built in to the Block, so no additional changes are required). In the diagram, I have separated the block into its front and back sections. Note that no sleeve is needed for the vest. Note that if you are adding ease to the shirt block, you must divide the total ease into four, as each of these blocks is a quarter of the final garment. Hence you would add 2,5 cm ease to the middle of the front and back blocks. You also need to ensure that there are seam allowances on all sides (including the hem) except the center back and center front (well, actually you need a seam allowance at center front as well - we're going to add it in a few steps).
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