Make Vestments and Save Money

Learning to make vestments may seem complicated, but you can do it, if you follow these step-by-step instructions.

The fabric you choose is crucial to the success of your endeavor. The "best fabrics" are silks and can cost hundreds of American dollars a yard.

For practical reasons, we don't use those fabrics, but instead use a rayon-acetate blend to sew vestments that are more affordable and yes, quite beautiful.

The colors are equally crucial when you sew vestments. Your priest may need a green vestment set, but lime green fabric will never do. Instead, it should be vestment green. To make certain you have the right shade, buy only fabric specifically designed for vestment sets.

All of the pieces will be lined with satin. Both the stole and the maniple will be interlined with canvas.

A vestment set is made up of five pieces: The chasuble, burse, veil, stole and maniple. Of the five pieces, the chasuble is the most complex.

First, we'll show you how to cut the chasuble, and then we'll walk you through the process of stitching it.

Then we'll take you through the steps of cutting out the stole and maniple and stitching them. And finally, we'll show you how to make a burse.

All five pieces can be sewn and yes, by you, even if you are not the most expert of sewers. We’ll show you the step-by-step directions to sew vestments.

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