It’s officially Fall! We’ve had some mildly chilly weather lately and I’m looking forward to more layers and more Fall weather to come! My Style board on Pinterest is full of vests lately – here are a few of my favorites:
So I’ve been on the hunt for a vest, but my problem (as usual) is finding one that isn’t too big or bulky. So far, no luck. But when I stumbled on this jacket to vest refashion from one of my favorite style blogs Merrick’s Art, I pinned it right away and tucked it into the back of my mind:
Recently I’ve been trying to purge some of my clothes to get ready for Fall. I started going through my jackets and realized I had the perfect candidate for a refashion:
I immediately thought of this pin and got started!
Jacket to Vest Refashion
Time: 30 minutes
sewing machine with matching thread
Follow this link to the tutorial from Merrick’s Art. Her illustrations make everything seem really easy, although I definitely found the lack of specifics a bit tricky when I actually got started. For one thing, I don’t really have any experience with alterations, so the very first mistake I made was sewing with a short stitch length. My stitch settings are usually set for piecing a quilt, where you want short stitches for durability, but for a knit fabric like I was working with it’s better to lengthen the stitch. Lesson learned!
Otherwise, it’s a pretty easy idea – use a seam ripper to remove the sleeves, then hem the new armholes. My jacket had knit sleeves and back, with corduroy and a puffy vest in the front, so the different fabrics were a bit tricky to sew. But it’s possible!
I really like how it turned out – and since it was an old jacket, I didn’t have to buy anything new and it already fit me… Win-win!
Now I’m all ready for Fall fashion! I’ve already worn this vest a couple times, as you’ll see in WIWW tomorrow. Once again, Pinterest to the rescue!