Got this vest for $2 at Goodwill, used some fabric I had already and home, my lovely brain, and my cool snap press and made myself a “hidden” pocket travel vest! 🙂
I thought about getting a “travel vest”, but they either were really expensive, really ugly, or were going to take three weeks to get to me and I hadn’t planned ahead enough. So I thought maybe I could make my own!
I opened the vest up and laid paper on top of it and felt for the seams and traced with a washable marker to make templates for the places where I wanted to make the pockets. I thought it would look best if I tried to make the seams mostly on the already existing seams.
I folded all of the edges under, sewed the top/open edge first, then put the pocket onto the inside of the vest and sewed through the edges to attach the pockets.
The upper chest pocket is a “hanging” pocket–I sewed the upper edge hem all the way around, folded it into a little bag shape and sewed the top/back edge of the open part onto the denim–it is only attached at the top, so it “hangs” inside the vest.
I used my snap press to put resin snaps on the vest and on the upper edges of the pockets so I could snap them closed.
This is the finished vest. I think it is going to be convenient, not too heavy, doesn’t look like a safari vest, lol…the snaps are a little crooked. Oh well. I guess I should have drawn a line.