Vested Interest

Vest, DIY

For those residing in the temperate Northern Hemisphere it's finally Autumn and the perfect time to bring out all the sweaters you've been stockpiling since the start of the year. I envy those who live in places with actual four seasons. When you're a girl with a penchant for layers, a tropical country does not provide ideal living conditions.

This DIY drape vest is a good solution if you want to dress up for crisp Fall weather but in reality you live in a place that is constantly humid. Drape vests give the illusion of multiple layers but provide only a fraction of the warmth. It's also one of the easiest clothing items you can DIY and does not require great sewing skills.

For maximum effect, choose a fabric with good drape, like jersey or viscose. Jersey is good for beginners because it does not fray and you can get away without hemming it. I made my vest from some leftover Gina cloth from last Halloween when I attempted to dress up my brother as No Face to disastrous results, and I wont recommend this type of fabric for this project. Gina cloth is almost always used for lining, not for actual clothes. Here are the instructions.


- At least a yard of cloth
- Scissors
- Measuring tape and tailor's chalk


1. Cut a rectangular piece of cloth. If you want more drapes in front, don't make the width too long. The wider it is the less drapes you get. Make sure that the length is to your liking and remember to account for the part of the vest above your shoulders (the "collar").

2. Measure the width of your shoulders. Take your cloth and fold it in the middle. Starting from the folded edge, measure half of your shoulder measurement and mark it. Do the same on the other side. This is where the arm holes will be.

3. To determine the length of the collar, decide if you want big drapes or not. Notice how large the initial drape is on the vest I made. That is because the vest is wide with a long collar, probably about 10in, intentionally done since I want to be able to pin it across the body without losing the folds. If you want a smaller drape, make the collar shorter. Once you have decided on the length of the collar, measure from the top edge of your cloth.

4. By now you should have on horizontal line marking the length of the collar intersecting two vertical lines marking your shoulder measurement. 

5. For armholes, take your measuring tape and wrap it loosely around your armpit, approximating how big you want the armholes to be. Divide the number by two. This will be your armhole length. Measure down starting from the collar mark.

6. After marking all those measurements, you should have something that looks like this. If you want to get fancy and attempt a properly done armhole, the easiest way to do it would be to get a sleeveless shirt and trace the armhole. Or you can get it over with and just cut straight down for the damn hole. Here is how the vest I made looks like when laid down flat:

As you can see I cut out proper armholes. This is because the fabric I used needs to be properly hemmed lest the raw edge unravel. If you're working with jersey you can simply cut a straight line for the armholes and not worry about fraying. 

And that's it! Easy as hell, isn't it? This thing is so easy to do you can probably do one in under an hour.  Good luck, have fun, let me know how it goes.


  1. gawan moko ill pay !! haha ang gandaaaa

  2. You're an artist... You look great. Love every single outfit you wear.



  3. I would really really love to do this but I'm still a little confused from your instructions. Are you able to take a photo of your vest laid out flat?

    1. Sure thing! I have included a photo in the post now :)

  4. oh wow this is especially lovely.
    it's really perfect for the fall weather and i love how eerie and pretty is is.
    thanks for the diy!


  5. that looks great, what a good diy!

  6. It looks so good with pattern so simple, perfect.

  7. This is really cool.. might make one for myself this weekend, have some jersey lying around from a prev DIY that I don't know what to do with! Thanks :)

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

  8. A wonderful idea and you've styled it so well.

  9. Mika this looks absolutely stunning! It looks so expensive too, like a Rick Owens piece, the fabric you chose was just perfect for it! Well done!
    The pattern reminds me a little of Julian Roberts 'Subtraction' pattern cutting method, basically creating interestingly draped garments through mostly cutting holes in a flat pieces of cloth (and not much sewing). It's a really fun technique to experiment with, you can make some really interesting silhouettes in a matter of hours just through haphazardly experimenting!

  10. deprived of any redundancy, leaving the impression of clearly defined style

  11. I have similar vest at home and thinking about to do some more of them in different colours. Thank you for reminding me!:)
    Love your blog!


  12. http://www.the-rosenrot.com/2012/10/diy-draped-vest.html lookie oh..

  13. looks pretty sweet! great job mika!

  14. Mika, I can't even! Soon as I get some free time I'll definitely try this. Thanks for sharing...

  15. Hey Mika
    Sorry to bother you but would you mind telling the exact measurements you used for this amazing vest?
    thanks in advance


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