Pin tucking rocks. It adds interest and texture. It is simple to do. Slightly tedious, but simple.
A selection of fabric that is in my Ebay store...a woolly, coarse light blue fabric manufactured specifically for office cubicle-divider covers. I have approximately 100 yards of this stuff. :-) I've been wanting to try using it for a garment of some type.
(If you get a hankering for some cubicle-fabric after you read this post, just mention that you read my blog post, and receive 50% off the fabric.)
Strapping Young Lad and his gypsy/cowboy vest.
It has stains from breakfast, lunch, and supper. It is a fiasco to get it off of him to wash it. He wears it Everywhere. He goes to the mall, Sunday School, and holiday parties in it. He really could use a back-up vest...
On with the how-to of pin tucking:
Mark on your fabric (before you cut it out for a pattern piece, because the pin tucking reduces the span of the fabric), lines 1/2" apart, for the desired length of your fabric. A pencil will work fine, but pencils/pens specifically for marking fabrics will do even better.
Now, simply fold the fabric at each line and sew as closely to the line, as evenly as you can. Repeat until you've sewn a tiny fold at each line.
I generally sew in the wee early AM hours or late at night, and the lighting is poor, so I typically "lose my way" and lose track of the lines and end up winging it. This is OK. Unlike my Hubby, we are not designing bridges here.
You can continue sewing your folds with a casual reference to the lines on your sewing machine/pressure foot, if you've gotten off the track of what you penciled in on your fabric. No need to be uptight. I have never had a pin tucking process that did not turn out beautifully, winging it or not.
Once you have finished this sometimes-lengthy process, you'll need to iron the pin tucks down; all facing the same direction.
Proceed with pinning and cutting out the fabric according to your pattern.
The fabric is very rustic and I will definitely use it for more projects.
So, the fabric-intended-for-cubicles and throw in some pin tucking, and you've got a darn-tootin' cute get-up for a cowboy/pirate/gypsy vest.
PS I'm slowly catching on..the first thing Strapping Young Lad said when he saw it was, "Oh, it has pockets!!". And he promptly wished to don it for his afternoon nap.