Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DIY :: Draped Vest

I've come to the conclusion that as much as I wish it to be, sewing is probably not for me.. I've tried some projects a few times, but I noticed that I tended to lose interest about halfway through. Lots of little measurements and such...I hate numbers! Everything I made came out a little sloppy because I became lazy halfway through...a very charming personality trait I know! But luckily for lazy seamstresses such as myself, I found this no-sew vest DIY over at the very cool Define Delirium. Huzzah! 

Her instructions are pretty basic and very easy to follow. I'd say, if you're accident prone like me, buy about 2ish yards of jersey. That also allows you to make several vests and play around with the measurements, which was the very best part. I actually made two vests. The first one I fudged in measuring the length and it ended up being rather short. It's still wearable, just a somewhat different shape from the one I preferred. The second time around I really got it right, and the best part was I still had enough fabric left to make one more and really experiment with proportions.

I like it unpinned because it makes it simple to add interest to an otherwise kind of plain outfit.

I played around with pinning it and I really love it that way as well! You can arrange folds and the collar and it turns the simple vest into more of a statement piece. I think her vest looks a little cooler, but I believe that's because she used a stiffer fabric than jersey, which definitely affects the look of the drapes.

For your reference, my vest is 59 inches wide and 26 inches long with a 5 inch collar. 

See you soon! <3


  1. This is the book that helped me learn the basics of sewing, and I loved it.. loads of really easy projects. Just a recommendation if you're wanting something to help you stick to sewing:


    Hebe xxx


    1. Oh wow that book looks awesome! Thanks for sharing that, I'll hve to check it out :)

  2. Ah, I've seen so many people doing Mika's DIY, such a great & simple idea! I still need to make one myself, I just need to work out what I have spare to use for it! Yours turned out brilliantly too, I love how drapey the jersey is you used for it! :)

    1. Oh thank you! For a total non-seamstress it was a very fun project :) I'd love to see what you would do with it, having tons more sewing skills.


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