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Reversible Patchwork & Cord Vest

Added Jun 8, 2016

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Folk Vest – Burdastyle 10/2013 #132

I found a bunch of colorful 10cm-sq pieces of similar/series patterned hippie-era scraps in my vintage stash, and I couldn’t chuck them as they were too groovy, so I decided to give random unmeasured patchwork a go. It was hard to get a flat plane out of it at times, but I had made enough patchwork to sew both this vest from it, and also to alter an old pair of my straight cut jeans into flares (I used online tutorials). In fact the brown corduroy remnant, scrap piece of metallic-thread trim, and even the two wooden toggles I used, are also all original from the 60s/70s years. So if one side is too loud you can just turn it over to the muted brown side lol. I used embroidery thread to square-knot some chain loops for securing the two toggles. Location: Manukau

Material Notes

assortment of small patterned fabric scraps pieced together into freestyle patchwork; brown striped corduroy; metallic ribbon trim; 2 wooden toggles – all late 60s/early 70s; forest green embroidery thread.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Ethnic, Vintage, Rock
Cotton, Corduroy

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    Sep 4, 2016, 07.39 AMby sewing fanatic

    peeps all eyeing up my awesome flares walking around town today, I know I’m odd lol, but the #1970s is in I say! i also must add that they feel very cooling on my legs, with the airy bell bottoms.

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    Jun 13, 2016, 04.20 AMby velvetribbon

    Nice work! It looks great :)

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    Jun 9, 2016, 07.19 PMby liliv-1


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    Jun 9, 2016, 01.52 PMby kisses

    Cool…like how it is reversible

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    Jun 9, 2016, 06.48 AMby Maria Hayek

    Very cool! The whole shebang :D

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    Jun 8, 2016, 09.32 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    So colorful and Nice! :)

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      Jun 9, 2016, 11.01 AMby sewing fanatic

      thank you so much my friend x =)

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    Jun 8, 2016, 07.11 PMby SueMH

    Go Nadia, this is a very cool creation. I remember having pants like the brownish cord back in the day. Nice job.

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      Jun 9, 2016, 11.01 AMby sewing fanatic

      thanking you Sue! the looks were too cool back in the day =P x

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    Jun 8, 2016, 03.59 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    So, we are in the same mood this week!!! Fantastic vest ans pants!

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      Jun 8, 2016, 04.14 PMby sewing fanatic

      you’ve got it hon, its groovy man! thanku x

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