Thursday, April 1, 2010

Making a Weighted "Vest"

I decided to take today off. Our office is closed tomorrow, but the weather is going to be beyond awesome today, so I thought I would get some yard work done. We'll see how it goes. I also have my appointment with the Holistic MD today at 5:00. They told me to call before I leave to see if he is on time. His sister already told Irv that I should expect to wait.

I am so anxious to hear what he has to say, and then I have some questions of my own. I'll let you know how it goes.

Well, I didn't make a weighted vest, but I did make a weighted top to wear when I walk. I really wanted one and they wanted $75 online for one and I wasn't paying that plus shipping. I had some old stretchy work out tops that I don't wear much anymore, so I picked the one that seemed the sturdiest....that was this black one.

Then I took one that I never wear and I cut the bottom half of it off.

Next, I folded that piece in half to make it stronger and I pinned it to the bottom of the black top.

I had to play with it a bit since both of the fabrics were stretchy and they weren't exactly the same size. I didn't want to make a major project out of it so I just made it work.

I sewed them together across the bottom and than sewed seams to form the little pockets. There are four across the front and four across the back. They are stretchy enough that if I want to add more weight, I can slide a second little one in each pocket. Each little weight is 1/2 pound, so I will be starting with four pounds of weight.

Here is the finished product! Not too bad for FREE!!

The only thing I notice when wearing it is that because the black top was really old, the straps are a bit stretched out. The weights do pull the top down a bit, but not to where it is uncomfortable or the weights are hanging too low. If it gets worse over time. I might have to reinforce the straps a bit with some other fabric or just replace them with something else.

It actually feels good to walk with the extra weight. I'm really lovin' it so far!


Lanyardlady said...

good job! enjoy the gorgeous day.

Silke said...

One word: ingenious!!

Can't wait to hear what the holistic MD has to say...

Enjoy your beautiful day!! Love, Silke

La Alicia said...

cool idea -- crafty and healthy! enjoy your weighty walk!

Bluebell said...

That was a really clever thing to do you are getting so good at this exercise stuff, good luck with the Holistic MD.
Love Jillxx

Oklahoma Granny said...

Great job. I knew you could do it. Have a wonderful day.

Mary said...

that is so cool! and as you fine tune it you may find you have a whole new product as well--i'm sure you're not the only woman looking for an affordable alternative!

good luck with your appt. today.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh the cleverness of you!

Sherry said...

Wow, that is so cool. I have been thinking about you, and now I can't wait to hear with Holistic Doc has to say. I've also been thinking about Irv. I know teeth aren't the same as a hip, but pain is pain and it interferes with the way we live our lives.


Matty said...

I would have just looked for something to buy that fits the bill. You on the other hand, have the ingenuity to do something like this.

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

Way to go! I'm all about saving money by making things yourself when you can. I just recently made a similar decision-- rather than buy the outrageously priced matching black covers for paneling and tables that I need for art shows, I'm sewing myself a nice set. Picked out a good durable (and non-lint collecting!!) fabric the other day and getting ready to embark on the project. :)

In the meantime, wanted to thank you for your (always) wonderful inputs on my little blog. It's wonderful to see your familiar logo pop up whenever I need help/opinions/encouragement/suggestions! :) Thank you!!! Hope the holistic Dr. appt was very good!

aliceinparis said...

Looking forward to hearing what the doc had to say.
I love that vest.I think a lot of people would get benefit wearing something like that.Make us all a little stronger.
Enjoy your day:)

Angela said...

Very thrifty, Kathy!! I hope you had a great day off!

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