Scout Trooper – Vest – Pattern Development, Completed

Rethinking It…

After attempting to use a plain t-shirt to create a Flak Vest pattern, I wasn’t real happy with the result. So, I decided to try and create a pattern from scratch…

My line of thinking is… Ok, the Flak Vest needs to fit on top of the Flight Suit, semi-snuggly. So, if I use the fitted Flight Suit as my base, I should be able to sketch out a working pattern. Right?

I temporarily placed the marked up t-shirt on top of the Flight Suit just to see where my marks lined up. The sleeves of the t-shirt look like they’re too wide and low where they meet the main body part. I’m thinking this is why the t-shirt method just looks “off” to me.

I used a piece of butcher paper to sketch out a rough outline of the Flak Vest.

I folded the paper in half, then cut the pattern out.

Checking the pattern against the Flight Suit…

Bottom part seems to have a bit too much “flare”…

After a quick trim…

Looks a lot better.

I then flipped the Flight Suit over to work on the back…

I first used the front pattern to trace out a rough back pattern…

Since the back collar area needs to be higher, I made an adjustment.

The back was folded in half, and then cut out…

Front on top of the back. Back neck line looks good…

Checking pattern fit to the Flight Suit. Looks good.

Trying to determine the sleeves. I placed my Shoulder Bell on the pattern…

A quick sketching…

I placed the front pattern on top of the back pattern to transfer the sleeve length. Then I cut the back sleeve to the same length as the front.

The front sleeve was cut out and the pattern was then used to transfer the sleeve outline to the back pattern. The back part of the sleeve was then cut.

The front and back pieces…

The sleeve needs to be done in one piece, so I used a folded piece of paper to mark the outline…

The result.

Checking alignment of the pattern pieces.

Checking alignment with the pieces in the correct alignment, and with the Shoulder Bell.

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