How to make a vest from a plaid shirt

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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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Add the finishing touches
Use buttons from the leftover shirt pieces to secure the collar and leftover fabric to create patch pockets.

1. Sew the shoulder seams. Turn the vest inside-out, and pin the shoulder seams (right sides together). Then try it on, and reposition the pins to adjust the fit. The length of your shoulder seam determines the size of the collar. Here, the shoulder seam is 1 1⁄2 inch long. With right sides together, sew a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance; make sure that all of the pin tucks point toward the center of the vest.


2. Finish the neck.
Sew a 1⁄2-inch seam allowance around the edge of the neckline. This will prevent it from fraying too much after washing.
  
 

3. Secure the collar. Remove two buttons from the leftover sleeves or the top of the shirt. Fold the collars down at the neckline to determine where to place the buttons that will secure them. Hand-sew the buttons.

 
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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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