A Double-Fronted Hunting Vest Pattern and Sewing Instructions

Make a hunting vest that has pockets for shotgun shells and duck calls.

| September/October 1983

If you (or someone you know) have fruitlessly searched the racks of your local sporting goods stores (and the pages of catalogs!) for a hunting vest that's designed to carry all of the items an outdoorsperson needs, don't despair! My husband had the same problem, and the custom-tailored, double-fronted garment I designed for him may be just what you've been looking for, too. What's more, it will likely cost less than would a (probably unsatisfactory) store-bought version.

When my man took up duck hunting in earnest, he began to realize the need for a vest that would afford a place for everything and would keep everything in its place. His dream garment—he told me—would have not only the standard large game pouch in back, but would also feature individual pockets to hold nearly two boxes of shotgun shells for easy and quick reloading, similar pouches for his duck and goose calls, and several other pockets for miscellaneous hunting paraphernalia. And after vainly trying to scout up a commercial vest that could meet his requirements, my mate asked me to make him one.

So, keeping that dream vest in mind, I created a garment with two layers in front, each with multiple pockets, some specialized and some general-purpose. Easy access to all of these was provided for by cutting the outer layer in such a way as to leave a wider opening in the center than the inner vest has, and by attaching a zipper only to the bottom 9 inches of the outer layer.

Furthermore, you don't need to be an expert seamstress or tailor to put together a more-than-serviceable hunting vest following my method! The cost of materials should be in the neighborhood of $25 (mine cost a total of $19.88, but I already had a pattern and a few of the other necessary items on hand).

Gather the Materials

You'll need the following equipment to make the hunting vest:

1. About 3 1/3 yards (you may have to buy 3 1/2 yards, as many stores don't like cutting cloth in thirds) of sturdy, 45-inch-wide fabric, such as duck, twill, denim, or canvas. You might have to go to a specialty store for the last item. (I used heavy twill at $4.99 per yard, which came to $16.60. The other fabrics should be approximately the same price.) You may require more or less fabric, depending on the size pattern you use.

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