Hunting vest made from 100% recycled and salvaged materials (minus the thread).
I found some old military laundry bags at a local army navy surplus store and decided I could repurpose and use the fabric to make something. The obvious choice would be a bag of some sort, but I’ve been scoping various hunting/outdoor vests (e.g. Filson’s Mackinaw wool vest, Barbour vests, etc) and thought the bag would provide me enough fabric and be a good springboard for something like that. The leather was some more of the scrap piece i picked up at the flea market a few months back.
I love things made of recycled/repurposed materials because of the unique character in the fabric. There are stains, faded spots (bleach stains?), holes, writing, and of course the worn-in and aged character from years of actual use. I kept the side seams, as I didn’t want to lose the character they presented, plus they had the metal eyelets with the cinch straps which I wanted to keep (they actually still function to cinch the bottom up). Two slanted lower slit pockets lined with ticking fabric with reinforced corners via leather patches. One chest pocket with leather tab, vertical slit chest pocket on other side and one inner pocket. Various stitch detailing throughout (although my sewing machine doesn’t do a substantial enough stitch for it to stand out too much).
Like all my other homemade projects, don’t look too closely lest you find really goofy imperfections everywhere. Quite pleased with this one though, and despite the questionable execution, am pretty happy with how the design panned out.