Vest Panels

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I have some craft vest panels to make for my sisters, who work with
children that just love themed clothing. My question is what should I
use for a lining, cotton like the vest it self or lining material? And
should I use a thin fleece and do some quilting on them?
 Thanks for the help.

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You'll get a lot of different answers, but I like the fleece idea.  I know
this sounds odd, but I use recycled receiving blankets for things like this

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don't use lining fabric - it will make the vest really slippery.  If
they work with children, I would think that the cotton wiould be a
better choice...wouldn't slide off if the children like to climb on them.

Don't see why you couldn't use some thin fleece


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These answers assume your panels are cotton:

If they are for summer, cotton sheeting or broadcloth works nicely.

If they are for winter, some well-shrunk flannel would work nicely.

You can quilt them if you want, but you don't necessarily have to.

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Why don't you make them reversible, that way they get double the wear out of


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On Fri, 1 Aug 2003 17:06:53 +1200, Dulcie wrote:

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I'd do them reversible and make the reverse in cotton - a lot easier to
handle and you don't have to worry about differential stretch. Then do the
edgings in bias binding. I use old flannelette sheets as an inner layer
quite often and quilt right through by machine, often following the
pattern. That 3-layer construction makes a good inter-season garment that
you can wear most of autumn, winter and spring. You can use a lo-loft
batting, but that does make things bulkier, and you have to be a bit
careful about the batting fibres poking through the outer layer.

If you're planning to quilt, it's nice to not pre-shrink the fabric or
liner, but sew first, then wash, and you get a lovely, soft, puckered
effect all around the stitching lines.

For ideas, see if you can get your hands on a copy of Patricia Nelson's
book Stylish Sewing (Martingale & Company. 2000. ISBN: 1 56477 299 3). It
gives lots of ideas for vests.

:) Trish

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LOL this is the difference between fashion sewers and quilters.  Quilters
NEVER want that lovely, soft puckered effect.  Oh the days I have spent
preventing just such a thing.

Thanks for the giggles,

PS - as to the vest, I'd make it reversible using two panel sets (pre-washed
to prevent that lovely effect <g>) (pre-washed) flannel is a good batting
layer to use as it adds little bulk, or you can use lo-loft batting and
split it in half for even less loft.  Then edge in a bias binding that's
compatible with both panel designs.  Make sure to post pix, I'd love to see
the outcome.

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