:::Desktop:VESTKarenSL.jpgQuilted Waves Vest
Workshop with Karen Eckmeier

It’s all about the waves! Get into the flow with Karen’s free-form topstitched curves and angles to create this great open front vest. The secret is a lightweight sweatshirt pattern base for simple assembly. The sweatshirt provides just the right amount of loft for a “quilted-look” after the stitching and the smooth side becomes an easy matching lining. You choose the length to fit your style.








  1. Buy a lightweight (7-8 ounces) crewneck sweatshirt in your size to match the colors of your vest fabrics. (http://www.jiffyshirts.com is a great source of low priced sweatshirts in a wide array of colors. Look under Adult/Unisex sizes for the best selection of colors and prices. $10 or less is the right amount to spend)
  2. Cut the bottom cuff, sleeves and neck band off the sweatshirt. Refer to the directions in my Wearable Waves book on page 68 AND/OR watch my video on Karen Eckmeier’s YouTube Channel to prepare for the workshop.
  3. Cut front pattern pieces according to the directions on page 68 or watch the tutorial on my YouTube video.
  4. Cut TWO strips – 4” x selvage width from each of the SIX fabrics
  5. Cut the fabric for the vest back (about ½” -1” larger than the pattern piece)


Select 6 Fabrics
Chose a multi-color print and 5 coordinating colors to match. One of the 6 fabrics will be your “Primary Color/Fabric”. It will be the dominant color/fabric* of your vest, by being featured in the “faux” lapels, the entire back of the vest and the hidden binding.

* it’s possible that the multi-color print may also be your “Primary Color/Fabric.” To view this option and be inspired by other color combinations, please visit Karen’s YouTube Chanel to watch the instructional video.

Yardage Chart




½ yard each of 5 fabrics and
1 yard of the Primary Color/Fabric


¾ yard each of 5 fabrics and
1½ yard of the Primary Color/Fabric


¾ yard each of 5 fabrics and
1½ yard of the Primary Color/Fabric


1½ yard each of 5 fabrics and
2 yards of the Primary Color/Fabric