How to make a vest from a plaid shirtcomments (10) March 8th, 2013
Come on, admit it: You've got an old flannel shirt in your closet collecting dust right now. Well, shake it off and get sewing-turn that shirt into a cute vest. Here, I'll show you how to do it. I cut the collar and the sleeves, created new patch pockets, and added rows of pretty tucks to take in the extra bulk.
Before you begin, wash the shirt, and try it on. Measure how much you want to take in on each side seam. Here, new patch pockets were applied, but you could just sew the old pockets back on to save a little time and effort. The vest edges here were left raw for a rustic look, but feel free to finish them with bias tape or other trim for even more contrast.
What You'll Need:
First, take the shirt apart
1. Take off the pockets. With a seam ripper, carefully remove the pockets and pocket flaps. If the shirt has manufacturer registration markings from under the pocket, remove them.
2. Remove the arms. Use scissors to cut off the sleeves, leaving the seam behind. The seam will prevent the vest from fraying too much after washing.
3. Cut off the top. Remove the top of the shirt, just below the back yoke. Use the lines in the plaid to help you cut a straight line across the back and front.