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DIY: Lace Top to Lace Vest
The lacy ruffled vest: I know, it's a strange concept. But I've been seeing these since summer in Tokyo - on all the coolest girls, and plastered all over the Japanese mags - where girls are using it as a feminine layering peice to tone down the masculinity of all that black, denim, and studs.

And it's super-easy to make!

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Lace Top To Lace Vest - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut the sleeves off your top carefully so you leave the finished armhole seams on the shirt. Cut straight down the center of the shirt. (If your shirt didn't have a V-neck before, cut the neck into a V-shape.)

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Lace Top To Lace Vest - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut each sleeve in half vertically and spread open.

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Lace Top To Lace Vest - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place one sleeve on one side of the cut front of the top. (Orient the top of the sleeve cap at the end of the V- of the V-neck; and the sleeve itself centered on the cut CF edge. The sleeve bottom/cuff area will likely be slightly longer than your top length.)

    Stitch the sleeve to the top along your shirt's cut edge. (not pictured)

  • Step 4

    Repeat for the other sleeve - attaching to the other side of the top's center front vertical cut edge.

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Lace Top To Lace Vest - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut the sleeve edges into a scalloped pattern - you can follow the pattern of your lace - or cut in a vertical zigzag - or scalloped - it's up to you. It may take a couple tries of cutting and then trying the piece on to see how the fabric falls - and adjusting after that.

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Lace Top To Lace Vest - Step 6
    Step 6

    You're done!

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xoxo- Brook
xoxo- Brook · Anchorage, Alaska, US · 3 projects
TOTALLY HAVE TO DO!!!
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thetigress
thetigress · 2 projects
wish i could make one, but i dont have any really lacy tops that im willing to cut up...
but anyway, that's really really pretty!
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thanks PattyP!
xoxox
Carly
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PattyP
PattyP · Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, SE
Great Idea and i love it!
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thank you Sunkissed♥!
I know, little lacy vests are ridiculously expensive at like Zara and Topshop - I couldn't even find them anywhere else! It's so much easier to make your own since those black lacy long-sleeved tops are everywhere right now! Have fun!
Thanks for your comment-
xoxo
Carly
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Sunkissed♥
Sunkissed♥ · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 5 projects
awesome Happy
i wanted to buy a lace vest a while back but they're so expensive in stores
this, is MUCH better Happy thanks
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thank you Gingerbread Girl! Love your username - it's like the holidays all year round!Happy
xoxox
Carly
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Lolly.Bot
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
I <3love<3 it!!
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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thank you Jet H.! I had fun making it and it was so easy!Happy
xoxox
Carly
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
awesome and lovely, thanks for the tute and sharing. Looks great!
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