For over a year I’ve been itching for an army green utility vest. It’s such a versatile piece that can dress down dresses, layer under jackets or over tees and sweaters, be belted, be open, and worn a million other ways. But with other great layering pieces I have in my closet, I could never bring myself to buy one, especially since I couldn’t ever find one that was just right.
Then Chicwish sent me this faux leather sleeve jacket, and although it was cute, the sleeves looked a little too plastic for my taste, and they were kind of sticky and hot. I wore it one day when I was out with my friends and Leanne suggested I chop off the sleeves to make a vest. Genius.
I’d never done this with a jacket, but it was really quick and easy and would be perfect for pretty much any thrifted or unworn jacket that is calling for a refashion.
Using your seam ripper, detach the sleeves from the jacket.
Your sleeves should now look like this:
Serge or zigzag around the entire arm hole opening. If your jacket has a lining (like mine did), make sure you serge it to the outer fabric.
Fold twice over around the entire arm hole, pinning in place. If your fabric isn’t stretchy, you’ll run into a little bunching, as you can see. Just space out the bunching as much as possible.
Sew around the entire arm hole with a straight stitch, securing your twice folded edge in place. Pull your fabric and sew carefully to avoid any tucks. Once it’s finished, it will be a bit wavy, but if you don’t have any tucks, it should iron out flat.
Step 4. (optional)
Hem the bottom of your vest. Mine was a bit longer than I liked, and since there was about 2 1/2 inches between the original hem and the bottom of the zipper, I was able to hem it up a bit so it wasn’t quite so overwhelming to my frame.