Okay, as promised, here is the how-to guide for a DIY cape vest. I saw these in stores and loved how lightweight and fun they were to layer. It is shockingly easy, and if you don’t want to sew, you don’t have to. It’s been forever and a day since I have done a DIY, and may be another year before I try again, but this one was to easy to keep to myself..
– Pick out your fabric of choice (wool is easy to cut and doesn’t fray).
– Measure 1.5 yards of fabric. Most fabric from fabric bolts are double folded. You will need this to get the right width.
– Using a fabric pencil, mark the measurements of your semi-circle and arm holes as seen in the visual above.
– Carefully cut along the lines with a fabric scissors.
– Edge stitch all edges with a sewing machine. However, if you don’t have one or don’t want to sew, you can leave an unfinished edge if it is wool/felt. This won’t fray easily. You can add fray check to make sure and prevent any fraying.
*You can adjust width and length per your height. It’s always easier to start bigger and go smaller than cut too small the first time.
I have already made a few with different fabrics I have found because these make a really easy layer to change up an outfit, and they are also fun gifts:) Let me know if you have any questions!
I am an old movie junkie, and I always take note of the quite stellar wardrobe selects of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. For example: White Christmas and Breakfast at Tiffany’s have a number of outerwear and faux fur pieces to swoon over. I would say it has probably influenced my current choices for outerwear. Now to find a piece that is warm, functional, and stylish is always a triple crown.
Where is your favorite place to go to for outerwear? I have actually found some of my warmest pieces in vintage stores:)
Luckily down here in Atlanta there isn’t many months we need the outwerwear which is making it really difficult to justify a purchase of a down puffer!
Happy almost weekend.
Last week I was going through my closet to bring some stacks of clothes home to my sisters and realized I had wayyyy to many of the same type of sweaters going on. Sometimes it’s easier to keep things in bins or stacks than to address the excess problem. Out they went and here are some key players staying in my wardrobe for this season. Some of these were gifted items which means I had to come up with a stack of items to gift to my sisters and the local thrift store. This has been a great rule for me to live by.
Again, as much as I love cheap prices, I really don’t like what comes behind their production so trying to promote made in the U.S. or ethically made products. However, I am still learning and have a long way to go so bear with me! I am always open to hearing about new shops doing so! I’ll update again soon with November’s finders and keepers. Until then, you can catch up on my buildable wardrobe progress HERE.
1st of November Feast
As our family grows, holidays become a little more exciting each year. Granted, a little more challenging (costumes for 6 is a marathon friends), but definitely a blast. My sisters Continue Reading →