In case you don't follow my blog for some years, a summary of the white vest story first: I discovered a white vest in 2017 along with some UK bands after moving here. I collected patches from local bands and added them shortly after. A year later, I reconstructed the collar and started to add studs. I didn't wear it often because it's still a bit bright for my eyes.
Now, I did not only add more studs and patches, but I also fitted some zippers into the gaps. Two were under the pocket flaps. Although the pockets are not very useful, they are the only ones on this vest, and I didn't want to sew them down. No usable pockets, must be a women's vest. This meant I had to do some hand sewing, but never mind, I love chunky metal zippers.
I also got some more of the gunmetal black screw studs. As I said before, some of them didn't close completely, but I might be able to use them on thicker material. The most important tool is a sharp awl - and yes, I did poke my hands a few times, ouch! The shoulders are covered now. At the bottom, I removed the buttons and added more pyramid studs.
For the front, I was lucky to have some narrow and long patches. I cut the Varukers to fit it around the button and fixed that area with some hand stitches. The buttonholes on the other side are covered. I don't think I'll ever close the vest, but I could add them if needed. I also changed many of the badges to fit the vest - UK bands theme only.
Such a difference in the before and after pics! The inside is still very white, and you can see I used two different machine stitches for the patches. It started with method 3 of my patch sewing tutorial, but then I liked the frayed look more and switched to #4 zigzag. I want to add fabric to the inside until summer, no metal directly on my skin, and maybe some pockets too.
How do you like the updated version? There is still some space, though - and one can always add more studs. ;)
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