To kick this off, I wanted to begin with the mental mountain of crafts that I have been talking about tackling for years, namely my mission to repurpose the very large collection of t-shirts I have amassed. I’m not a big t-shirt wearer. In fact, only a few t-shirts are lucky enough to be hanging in my closet. A couple more have the honored duty of being my jammies. The rest have been residing in the bottom drawer of my dresser since I relegated them there at least six years ago. Four years of college and a few Comic Cons later, the collection has grown considerably. But even after moving a year ago, they still have the same home. And all the while I have spoken of my grand plans of making cute dresses, fun tops, and a quilt out of them.
Now I have finally begun to do so. But seeing as it has been awhile since I crafted for myself (I’ve made most of my Christmas presents the past two years), I wanted to ease myself into crafting. I also wanted to do something incredibly suiting to the name and purpose of this blog. That meant choosing an easy t-shirt craft that could be done quickly.
As such, I chose to follow this amazing tutorial for a quick draped vest from an oversized t-shirt. In no time you can have a cute and stylish vest for yourself too. I won’t repost the instruction here but I will give a few tips that I discovered while making the vest myself.
- Cutting the sleeves will result in little triangles along the edges of your vest. Be sure to cut those to even out your edges.
- The shoulders of the shirt become the halter and back parts of the vest. When cutting the neck hole, cut off center. This will give you less bulk around the neck and more of a back for the vest.
- Remember, cut on the smaller side. You’ll be surprised how small the hole needs to be to fit as a vest. I cut right along the neck on one side and about 3.5″ away on the other and that was just right.
- You may have a gap in the back. Keep the vest new sew by just pulling on the front until it lays flat.
- Be sure to save your scraps!
Once finished, you’re good to go. But something as basic as this vest can be embellished in a number of ways. The first thing I did was to hand sew the rope from a broken drawstring bag onto hole edge of the vest, as this is the edge which is most clearly seen. That took a lot longer than I thought it would so bear that in mind if you choose to do something similar.
But it was still missing something. In retrospect, I think my issue was in the quality of the t-shirt material. I don’t have many plain t-shirts and this tutorial calls for one. Thus I had to use a fairly cheap and therefore not very soft shirt. This made me feel like the vest looked very homemade, something I am always conscious of when I create. So, inspired by this pin on Pinterest, I added one last level of detail.
I used a q-tip to achieve the look I was going for. With the q-tip, I cut off one the heads so I head a tool for doing both dots and fine lines. I then parked myself in front of a movie and slowly but surely covered the entirety of the vest with the floral pattern. And that was it! I’m really happy with how it came out and happy I was able to combine two different bits of inspiration into one piece.
And if you have a big t-shirt, some bleach, and q-tips you can do the same! Happy crafting.