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Turn a blazer or suit jacket into a vest
I bought a blazer at Goodwill, it's a size six and I'm a size zero so I did have to do some fitting, but I'm not including that in this tutorial.

(If you'd like to have some info on that, I'd be glad to help!)

But basically, just get a nice jacket. If you're going to put studs on it then I'd suggest using one that is less likely to snag and allow the studs to rip it to bits.

Also, it may not take you as much as mine, I sew everything by hand

Posted by Darling Chelsea from Belmont, North Carolina, United States • Published See Darling Chelsea's 45 projects »
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  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Vest Out Of A Blazer - Step 1
    Step 1

    Outline your vest on the jacket. Sorry mine is so rough! I don't measure, I find that I'm more accurate if I don't attempt using measuring tape.

    If you like the more baggy style then try to keep up with the illustration I used on mine. If you like the tighter and shorter look, then just take it up a few inches.

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Vest Out Of A Blazer - Step 2
    Step 2

    The back should look something like this. I used the curve at the collar to even the straps out.

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Vest Out Of A Blazer - Step 3
    Step 3

    A lot in this picture is going on.

    - Use pins along the lines to keep the fabric all together. Once you start cutting, the layers are going to go everywhere and it'll be difficult to keep up with.

    - Once you've done that then you can start cutting.

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Vest Out Of A Blazer - Step 4
    Step 4

    Your project should look like something like this for the duration of said above.

  • How to make a vest / waistcoat. Vest Out Of A Blazer - Step 5
    Step 5

    My boyfriend dropped my deodorant on the collar so ignore that detail ha

    Okay so after you've cut along the lines this is when you want to carefully start pinning the edges of the vest back. That will be the hem.

    What I did was take a pin out, fold the edge back a couple of centimeters and then pin it in place.

    I did that all along the cut edges.

  • Step 6

    Then sew along those pins

  • Step 7

    Wash it so the chalk wears off and there you have a vest :)

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Bridget F.
Bridget F. · Winter Haven, Florida, US · 21 projects
I've got to try this - it looks great. I sew by hand too. I'll let you know how it comes out. Thanks so much!
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(Sun)FlowerChild
(Sun)FlowerChild · 6 projects
congrats!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jolanda
Jolanda · Nederland, Colorado, US · 54 projects
congratulations with winning the diy competition!!
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Keeley C.
Keeley C. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 20 projects
That's really adorable, in a very chic way. The way you presented the tutorial was very nice as well and I liked it.
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