Friday, September 9, 2011

Super Easy Summer Vest

We are having a super duper heat wave here this week and I am loving it!!!  I love, love, love warm weather and am going to be so sad in about a month when it's just a distant memory, so I'm soaking it up as much as I can right now.  I'm telling you all this so that you'll understand later on when you wonder why I'm wearing a hat and sunglasses in all my photos, but that's what I was wearing all day on the beach and photos with hat head just wouldn't do.

Anyway, on to this week's crafty project.  I visited a great new clothing shop near my work last week and saw a beautiful vest that I fell in love with.  When I really looked at it though I confidently proclaimed to my friend that "I could make that!".  So I did!

Here's what you need:

Of course I forgot something....pins, you'll definitely need some pins~
Note: the fabric you see there is a very large scarf.  Mine measures about 1.9 metres (74") X 84cm (33").  A large square scarf would work well too.

1) Before I started, I measured from the centre of my back to where I wanted the back edge of the armhole to land.  It was about 5 1/2" for me but it'll be different for everyone.  If you don't have a dress form get someone to help you with this... unless you're one of the amazing twisty people from Cirque du Soleil, then you're probably fine on your own.

2) Then I was going to try to devise some fancy pants way to figure out the armholes so that it would be easy to explain.  In the end I just draped my scarf, eyeballed it, and used pins to mark each side.


 3) When I was done pinning, I folded the fabric in half to make sure that the holes were symmetrical...they weren't.  So, I cut one and then just used that as a guide for the other side.  This way they were basically the same size, shape, and location.

4) Now, if you really hate sewing for some crazy reason or just don't have access to a machine and your fabric isn't something that will fray, then you could just leave it here and call it a day.  But as most of you know, raw edges drive me nuts.  So, be brave, carry on, and now attach some bias tape to your armhole openings.

If I were you I wouldn't even try just turning your edges and hemming.  The grainline in your fabric will not like the curves and you will probably end up with lots of little unsightly folds every few inches or so.  Play it safe and use the bias tape.

Just lay the tape on the OUTSIDE, face down, edges matching up and pin, overlapping your ends just a bit.

5) Stitch right in the little fold or ditch.

6) Once you've secured your bias tape, just fold it over to the inside along the seam line you just sewed.  It'll fold super easily.  Press and pin and then sew this down.

7) That's it!  You're done!  Now you have a super cool vest that you wear so many ways...

DIY Vest, Easy Sewing Project, Scarf to vest, Scarf project, Easy Sewing, Deconstructed
Crossed over with a belt
DIY Vest, Easy Sewing Project, Scarf to vest, Scarf project, Easy Sewing, Deconstructed
Open, no belt

DIY Vest, Easy Sewing Project, Scarf to vest, Scarf project, Easy Sewing, Deconstructed
Open, with a belt
You can even wear it backwards!!

Backwards with ends tied in the front

When I first tried this on I had my doubts as to whether or not I would ever actually wear it but you know what...I really like it!  Maybe I'll even make one with a heavier scarf for fall.  I like that the scarf I used has a bit of a frayed edge but, you could always add some fringe or beading along the edge to really dress it up.  Have fun with it!

As usual, check out the linky party tab because that's where I'll be hanging out all week.  But make sure to come back here on Monday because I'm going to throw my own linky party!!!  Yay!  I can't wait to see what all of you have been working on.  Crafting, sewing,  even recipes!  You're all welcome to come and share.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 


The Fall Creek Chicken Coop said...

I love the scarf and love it better as a vest! great idea and very easy!!!

Jan said...

I love the vest. You did a great job. Glad that you are getting some nice weather. Love the picture of you in the hat.

WobiSobi said...

I love this !! super awesome !! and you look amazing!!

Shelly said...

I love it work back to front!! Really lovely job :O)

Shelly X

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing! Super smart!

Gen said...

I'm here to testify that "you can (really) make that! And T. you look amazing... and I've been sick all weekend... life is unfair! Beautiful really.

Gen said...

I have seriously been wearing flannel pjs and my hubhy's fleece vest all weekend. Just get get over this picture of you in this hat!

Natalia Lynn said...

oh I really like this! Looks easy enough and I am loving this style right now! Super cute!

Donene said...

love the look of this! It looks great on you!

funkytime said...

looks great! now since the summer is almost over, you have to make another one for fall;-)

Athena said...

What a pretty vest - please consider linking to the Success U - Wednesday Linkup Party at

Bailey K. | Travel Heals said...

wow, i love this so much! so versatile!

i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

thanks so much for sharing!

Seaweed and Raine said...

I heart the scarf you used - it all looks fab! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Erin of said...

What a fun and versatile vest! Thanks for sharing.

Julia said...

I love the Backwards with ends tied in the front version. You are so tallented and your work is very practicle and useful for people like me that want to make 10 different outfits from 3 pieces of clothing. Keep up the good work! If you accessorize it with a luxury watch it looks just like one of Lindsay's outfits with the hat included :)


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