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Pre-printed vest panels are ideal for beginners

| Sunday, March 3, 2002

Pre-printed vest panels have many advantages for young people who are just beginning to sew and for people who have a limited amount of time. The panel has all the outer garment pieces and instructions in full view with no bulky paper pattern to cut out and sort through before beginning a project.

The vest panels are designed for seasonal celebrations like Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween and Christmas. They are an appropriate vest for a special event with just a few days' notice and a minimum amount of work. Other panels are designed to reflect favorite interests like sewing and gardening. A wide variety of sports vests like golf, hockey, football, baseball and fishing are available for those who enjoy outdoor sport activities. Children's vests are also available and make quick gifts and happy faces.

A second piece of fabric is necessary for the lining. The lining can be cut from a solid or a print. When making the vest, reversible piping or binding is recommended along the outer edges to prevent clashing of the fabric designs at the seam lines.

An interlining, which is optional, will reinforce the body of the vest and prevent sagging of the garment. It is also a good foundation for quilting. The interlining should be cut from lightweight batting so the vest does not become bulky. Quilting should be done sparingly to prevent stiffing of the fabric.

Topstitching 1/4 inch from all edges is recommended to prevent shifting of the lining and interlining. Topstitching with neutral or decorative threads around focal points of the design will highlight the design.

Embellishment of a vest is optional. Pearls, gemstones, buttons, rickrack, yarn, decorative stitches, appliqued flowers, leaves and yo-yos are some of the items that can be used if embellishment is desired on a vest.

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