I have been asked about this vest quite a few times, and finally got off my lazy butt and made the pattern, so here it is! Or at least, here is what I traced from my test pattern pieces. It changed quite a bit from what I started with I think, so I’ve also got some close up pics of the finished vest for you.
You should probably have at least some experience sewing before trying this out. You are going to need to make quite a few modifications to make this work best for you. I’m always happy to answer any questions you might have, though! I have a lot of experience making things up as I go, but no formal training in pattern making, so… good luck ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A few things to note
- I’m a pretty tiny person (I average a small-medium in shirt sizes), and am flat as a board, so this vest is pretty much made with that in mind. You will want to make at LEAST 1 test run on scrap fabric before cutting into your final fabric! Did I stress that enough? I made the mistake of only doing 1 half-assed test piece, and on polyester lining fabric, which is a lot different from the actual fabric I used, so it behaved a lot differently in the test than in making the finished piece, and had to kind of wing it a lot on the final product, which is stressful. Seriously, learn from my laziness.
- I cut out the semi-circle after the pieces were put together and everything was basically sized for me correctly. I recommend using a stretchy bias tape so that it doesn’t stick out like mine does. I used underwire from an old bra to keep the form in the semi-circle, and it worked great! I also added a piece of boning into the edge that gets buttoned down, so that it kept it’s shape. I wish I had also put some sort of wire to help the collar keep it’s form, as it didn’t hold the shape I wanted.
- It is extremely likely that some of these pieces will not line up at first… sorry. Just looking at seam D, I am sceptical. You’re best bet is to line them up around the shoulders and sleeves, then remove from/add to the bottom as needed. (Seam D kind of just looks like a complete mess to me idk…)
- You might want to make the collar longer, or wider, or just in general more of a presence.
- If you do use this pattern to make a vest pleeeeease let me know, I would love to see it!! also giving credit if you post it somewhere would certainly be appreciated.
DON’T B3 4 J3RK >:]
So, like it says, cut 2 of each piece for symmetry! Also cut 1 of the collar from a medium to stiff interfacing. Seam allowance is included, sort of, but like I have said, this pattern is by no means perfect.
I didn’t make a lining because my fabric was a bit stretchy, and it didn’t fray, so it was really easy to work with. Stitching down the seams gave it this really nice finished look. The teal trim I just made from the fabric I had for the sleeves and leggings, but it was a bit bulky, so I’d recommend something light. As mentioned before, you might want to make the collar more impressive.
I have no idea where you could find a fabric as perfect as what I had, because it was a scrap I picked up nearly 7 years before when I worked at Fabricland in a moment of epic foresight. It is a red reptile-looking pleather, I only pray you too will find something that awesome.
It has been a long while since I made this, but let’s see if I can remember much about it. You probably want to start with sewing together the pieces from front to back to front again, make sure it fits around you and lines up as well as you can tell, then sew the shoulders together. Check again to make sure your arms fit, then add the collar once you’re happy with the main piece. Like seriously keep trying this thing on every chance you get, just to make sure it keeps doing what it’s supposed to. Also don’t actually use those button and semi-circle lines as guides, I just kinda guessed at where they should go by looking at my finished vest and nudging the lines till I thought it looked ok. Oh also, set your machine to have the largest stitch size for when you’re making the test pieces, because it will be a lot easier to take the seams apart and rebuild it if/when you need to!
Hm. I don’t really know what else to say about it. If I did a terrible job explaining, please ask me as many questions as you want, I want to help you make this awesome.
If you want the pattern in a different format, let me know! I made it in Adobe Illustrator.
First off, here is the character, for those unfamiliar:
I did this cosplay 3 years ago and I don’t have many good pictures D: But I of course still have the costume, so here’s some close ups of the vest!
And here is the best picture I could find of myself in the vest, which wasn’t even at the con this was just a makeup test :P
If you want to check out the rest of my work on this cosplay, go see my redglare tag on tumblr!