How to make a vest from a plaid shirtcomments (10) March 8th, 2013
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.