How to make a vest from a plaid shirt

comments (10) March 8th, 2013     

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Transform an everyday shirt into a chic vest.
Marc Jacobs looked to plaids in vibrant shades for his Fall 2009 Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.
The skirt before. Dont forget to pre-wash it before you start sewing, just in case it shrinks later.
Transform an everyday shirt into a chic vest.

Transform an everyday shirt into a chic vest.

Photo: Sloan Howard
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Sew the tucks
Tucks not only add style, but they also take in the extra bulk.

1. Measure and mark the tucks with chalk. For each side of the shirt, determine how many tucks will take in the correct amount of fabric. A 1⁄4-inch tuck takes in 1⁄2 inch of fabric. I wanted to take in a total of 8 inches on each side seam, so on each side, I marked 8 tucks for 4 inches in front and 8 tucks for 4 inches in back.



2. Sew the tucks. For each tuck, fold the fabric along the chalk line so the wrong sides are together. Sew 1⁄4 inch away from the fold to make the tuck. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each tuck.
  
 
  

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Comments (10)

Fashionnn writes: Great idea for all those xlarge flannel shirt that are no longer needed. Kudoes to you. Thank you for ideas on recycling. The plans are easy to follow. The only thing I have recyled is the hospital growns worn home my son. I made me night gowns from those. Works great.
Thanks
Posted: 10:50 pm on August 4th
nansews writes: Thanks for sharing this great idea. I love recycling or upcycling. I am fairly certain my daughter will love this. I will have to show it to her and see if she would like me to make her one.
Posted: 9:38 pm on April 9th
EchoLin writes: nice shirt, thanks for sharing this to us. i will have a try.
Posted: 1:47 am on March 11th
ustabahippie writes: I made this years ago when it first appeared in the magazine. I made 2 of them for examples for a recycling class I was teaching at the time. Everyone loved it and I had to make copies of the article for at least 10 people! Still have mine.
Posted: 2:55 pm on March 8th
stylist58 writes: So cute. Great recycling project. Hope I can do it
Posted: 10:03 pm on January 30th
Stile writes: Late to the party, but posting comment anyway because I am excited about this project. Hubby awarded me all the shirts he can no longer fit into and this project is perfect for refashioning some of those shirts.
Posted: 12:23 pm on January 17th
BellaPerlaJewelry writes: i love cutting up of my fiances clothes.lol, hes gonna hate me now
Posted: 1:18 pm on November 23rd
mrobinson111 writes: I love this idea, but...how long to you make the pin tucks and...the arm holes are now way to small. The shirt is an XL and I only wear a women's medium.

Thanks!
Posted: 5:40 pm on November 21st
rebelrose1941 writes: Great idea for all those xlarge flannel shirt that are no longer needed. Kudoes to you. Thank you for ideas on recycling. The plans are easy to follow. The only thing I have recyled is the hospital growns worn home my son. I made me night gowns from those. Works great.
Thanks
Posted: 12:34 pm on October 30th
Guyton writes: Love, love, love. This is such a great recon project for all of those shirts we have in our closets. I know my husband has a few that he wouldn't miss:) Great job on the pictures.

Mrs. G. (allthingsimaginative.com)
Posted: 12:50 pm on October 15th
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