Leather vests can take on many forms whether it is a mess of fringe or a 50lb slab of black biker leather that practically pulls you to the ground. Compliments of BurdaStyle, here is a simple leather vest with an open back perfect for the summer, it will add the finishing touch to any outfit with out the over commitment of something more stylized.
Snaps (I have not chosen a closure, you could say I have a case of indecision)
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Although I used the pattern pieces, I deviated from the instructions at points but I have provided all products so that you may complete the project either way! I did not end up using the side/back facing because I chose to sew the garment rightsides together and then turn, closing with a ladder stitch where the strap is attached. Note: Whether you choose real or imitation leather I HIGHLY recommend you practice ironing a small scrap piece. When using the fusible you may want to reduce the recommended pressing time and use a pressing cloth.
After sewing the darts on the front, I added the leather facing to the wrong side of the vest piece using the 2 sided fusible, since I want to see the full pattern of my silk lining without this facing showing.
As you can see here I sewed the facing to the lining with 1/4″ seam allowance (remember to put darts in lining) right sides together and left an opening to turn where the strap attaches in the back/side.
Here I am giving you a visual on the ‘strap sandwich’ you need to make for reinforcement using the one side stiffener/fusible. Then you can attach the straps at the shoulder with 1/2″ seam allowance and then crisscross and attach at back, refer to pattern.
Add this vest to any outfit for a little added flair!