How to Make a Vest from a Plaid Shirt
March 8th, 2013
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Transform an everyday shirt into a chic vest.
Photo: Sloan Howard
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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