How to Make a Draped Vest From a T-shirt

About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
Have you seen those great vests that are all draped and flowing down the front?  Want?  Me too.  Here is a way to make a simple one, out of a simple (read "plain" here) t-shirt.  No sewing machine, nothing but scissors and a flat place to lay out the t-shirt.  Because I am a large woman, I got a new, black , size M 2x t-shirt for this vest,  I have a black skirt and red and black top that such a vest would look great on.  Here we go.

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Step 1:

T-shirt (larger than you normally wear and color of your choice, +/- $5)
Fabric scissors

Step 2:

Lay the T-shirt on a flat surface.

Step 3:

Cut off the hem.

Step 4:

Cut off the arms.

Step 5:

Cut up each side.

Step 6:

Cut an even amount around the neck.

Step 7:

Lay out your vest.
To try it on, stick one arm through the neck hole and the other arm through the same neck hole.  One of the shoulder seams will be along the back of your neck and the other shoulder seam will be down the center of your back.  This is where you determine whether or not you need to remove more material from the neck hole, so that it fits comfortably. 

Step 8:

Adjust as needed.

Step 9:

See how the material from body of the t-shirt, drapes down the front of the vest, beautiful!  Enjoy!

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    6 years ago on Step 9

    Thanks I like it alot and it was easy to do . The only problem I had though is when i tried it on the bottom part where i'm guessing the hem line was goes up to the middle of my back and the rest is long but i'm not sure what i could have done wrong.

    No sewing involved at all. You stick both arms through the neck hole, so that the one shoulder seam goes across the back of your neck and the other shoulder seam goes across your lower back. There is no material across your back. Thanks for looking and asking.


    6 years ago

    Do you need to sew the sides together again?