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Vest from t-shirt: How to make a vest out of a shirt for Summer

Check how I make a vest from T-shirts for this summer, dress it up or just wear it with jeans. This cute vest is super easy and cute!

making a vest from a t-shirt

I love to spice up dresses and jeans with a long summer vest. On my last visit to Target, I found a few very cool and super cheap items, I already showed you what I did with this dress. So now I wanted to show what I did with two T-shirts, I also used a little piece of lace for the back, but you don't need to use it if you don't like lace.

the t shirt before

I really liked that the T-shirts were very soft and thin material, thinner than normal cotton T-shirts.

summer vest from t shirt

They cost me $3.00 each and both were XL. I am a Medium in shirts, so I would recommend using shirts two sizes bigger than what you normally wear, so they are long enough and you end up with a pretty and full bottom.

shoulder details of the vest
back lace details for the vest from t shirt

Do you like it? Here is a tutorial for you =]

How to make a vest from a t shirt

This is how I transformed the T-shirt to make a flowy vest for summer, I love vest that are almost skirt-like at the bottom, so adding 2 shirts definitely gave that effect.

Cutting the pieces of the first t shirt

cutting the first t shirt

Cutting the second t shirt

cutting the second t shirt

Assembling the vest pieces

assembling the vest from t shirts

The reveal

This was a very cool and not so complicated project, I recommend you to measure your back because in my case I ended up liking the back a little bit more tight than the full width of the back shirt, that is why I gather the extra material in the lace.

the back detail of the vest

As you can see on the pictures of the back, so before you finalize the back try it on and make sure you are comfortable with the width.

vest from t shirt tutorial

I love how it looks with a belt on, it's almost like a very thin cardigan =]

side view vest from t shirt

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I hope you all like it and please share a link or photo if you make it, I would love to see =] And if you have some leftover t-shirts, I also have a tutorial on how to make a vest for pets here.

Have a wonderful day!

Lori Smanski

Saturday 7th of November 2020

oh but this is so Clever. Thank you for the simple tutorial. Cant wait to hunt for some shirts now.


Tuesday 20th of October 2015

I saw a dress you made for halloween a few years ago and it has literally been my dream wedding dress ever since (I didnt know where the picture had come from all this time until I spotted your dressform and backdrop!!) -- if you know which dress I mean (white and bluey-purple-ish tulle) can you tell me where I can find the tutorial please?? Love this one too!-- next project!

Wendy Duncan

Monday 12th of October 2015

That's so clever! Up-cycling these tees this way is quite a nice idea. Love this tutorial, thank you for sharing!

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Saturday 22nd of August 2015

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Saturday 15th of August 2015

Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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