If you know me well at all, you know I love a simple project, and this project isn't any different. I love finding and creating simple statement pieces that can completely change the look of a basic outfit. It's easy to fall into the spell of warm, comfy clothes and let fashion fly out the window. I'm guilty of this. But instead of trying to feel fashion forward every day of the week, it's nice to be able to throw on a big comfy sweater and my favorite jeans but adding a simple statement vest or jacket, some fun jewelry and hair in a top knot, and still feel presentable. For me, this is the most practical way to feel confident with my wardrobe without spending lots of time and effort in getting ready each morning. Because let's be honest, that's just not realistic all of the time. So with all that to say, I made this vest to add to my fall/winter wardrobe for a bit of color pop to those plain jane kind of outfit days.
This project is simple and flexible. You can use multiple different fabric types, but I suggest something thin and flexible. A thicker jersey knit is best for flexibility + warmth.
Take 1 1/2 yards of fabric, hem the ends all the way around. Depending on how long you want the front flaps to be, you can add or lessen the length of fabric used.
Next, fold it half width wise and mark the middle with a sewing pin.
Then, using a shirt you already have as a pattern, mark the best place to cut slits for the arm holes. I cut mine to be ten inches long.
Lastly, hem the edges of the arm holes inward. Easy as that!
For a more complex design, consider adding in a lining. This will give it a more polished look and also make it warmer so you can wear it longer into the autumn/winter season. My favorite way to style this piece is with a fitted, long sleeve maxi dress with a belt wrapped around the waist of the vest. How would you style this project?