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Lining a vest

In this post I'll describe how to line a vest. This description is based on the technique that is described in a Burda sewing book I have (in Dutch).

For your information: here you can find this description in a PDF-file.

First the result of the vest, I had no buttons to go with it, will add these later.

The back of the lining is cut 3-4 centimeters from the fold of the fabric. This gives moving space and prevents your outer fabric from pulling.

Sew the center back seam partially: 5 centimeters on the top, and a few centimetres in the waist and on the bottom.

Sew outside of vest as normal, but do not sew the side seams.

Sew lining, without sewing side seams.

Pin and seam vest and lining at front, armholes and back hem. Stitch to the exact seamline of the sideseam, not over it (see next picture)

Make sure you mark the side seam, to be sure that you do not stitch too far.

Clip all round seams, grade seams if your fabric is thick.

Turn the vest by putting your hand through the side seam, pull the front through the shoulder seam.

Repeat for other side, use the same side seam to go through.

This is how it looks, partially turned.

Completely turned

Now pin the seams you want to topstitch later. It is now still possible to reach all seams through the side.

Pin and stitch the side seams of the outer fabric. Be careful not to stitch the lining.

Press the seam.

Pin the lining over the side seam.

You can choose to stitch this seam by hand, or 'stitch in the ditch' from the right side of the vest. The next picture shows the result of stitch in the ditch.


  1. Which Knip Mode is this from? It reminds me of Katie Holmes on the cover of Jan. InStyle magazine!

  2. You are doing a fabulous job on putting these tutorials together!

  3. Cidell, the pattern is from the September issue of Knip Mode. For the vest of Katie Holmes a better starting point might be BWOF 118 of May 2007.

    I'll paste the link, but it might be broken by Blogger comments.

  4. This is very similar to the method I used on the vest I just made for my brother. The pattern I used had you leave both side seas open. If I were to do it again, I'd change tat.

  5. Could you please tell me how to finish the neck. I cut the pattern out but when put it together the shoulder were off.

  6. Can you help me to understand how to sew the neck line. Also I cut the pattern and when i went to sew the shoulders together they were not the same size. please help!

  7. Tiaa, did you sew front lining to the front facing first before sewing the lining shoulder seams together?
    also sometimes the back shoulder needs to be gathered a bit to fit the front shoulder seam length - that way it gives a better fit over the shoulder blades in the back.
    Just make sure when you sew to ease the fabric so there are no gathers visible (similar principal like set in sleeve)

  8. Can you give us more detail on how to do the lining? I want my lining to look like the ones in the store.

  9. There are no other instructions on the net on how to sew an item with lining and I was dumbfounded so thank you very much. xx

  10. Hi, thank you so much , years ago I did a great deal of garment making and then I went into quilting. NOW I want to omake my grand daughter some special things our of some special fabic that I have. YOUR intructions for " lining a vest" were great . MUCH better and
    FAR cleanr than the dirctions that I have. YOU have make a project for loved on go more smoothly, I do thank you!!A one time in my sewing life I was a super suit tailor! MY hubby once too some suit materail to a hat shop and got me a hat to make the suit I was sewing. I still wear hats. Hugs.BAB


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