Just came from holiday! My holiday wardrobe is quite boring: a couple of shorts, a few t-shirts and the mostly worn item – rash vest (or rash guard). (My holiday wasn’t boring at all, actually it seemed more like a boot camp rather than relaxation time :)
I made this rash vest in 3 days which is a record for me, as normally it takes me weeks (or even months) to complete a project.
So, I took my old rash vest ..
..and dissected it to make a pattern..
The thing that makes rash vest different from t-shirt is the seams, they are “flat” (which makes it comfortable to wear as the whole thing is quite tight)
Looks quite complicated, I suspect it’s made by using a coverstitch sewing machine.. Now, I don’t even own an overlocker, not alone a coverstitch machine..
That’s what I did to “recreate” the seam on my very conventional sewing machine: joined the edges by overlapping and made two “zigzag” seams:
It doesn’t look as nice and sturdy as “professional” seam, but it’s perfectly flat, and does its job! (I noticed that when using zigzag stitch, my machine skips stitches sometimes, do you know why?)
I used blue lycra, quite stretchy, bought from ebay; the black pieces are from an old rash vest..
The only thing that came out differently from “the original” is the collar: on the original rash vest the folded collar would cover the seam.. I think my fabric was less stretchy for that, and the seam under the collar looks a bit messy..
I attached to the bottom an elastic tape salvaged from the original rash vest.
And now the fun bit – rash vest in action..
To be honest, scuba diving is not a gracious sport – I feel more like a clumsy elephant in all this gear..
The second part of holiday was about free-from scuba-diving :)
Hey fish! Here I come..
..to feed you
Diving a cave without scuba: (my darling husband informed that it’s “only” 20 metres long.. Well, it appeared to be more like 50..)
As you can see the sewn item was heavily used, and after 14 days of holiday it DIDN’T FALL APART!
Which I’m very happy about :)
PS. Sorry for excessive amount of pictures. I won’t do it anymore, I promise :)