Thursday, May 24, 2012

LaD.I.Y Cargo Vest

I've never been good at art, but I do think of myself as crafty. Between D.I.Y blogs and websites like Pinterest, my inner D.I.Y-er has been awakened. I've had a short sleeved jacket in my closet for months that  I didn't really like that much. Something about the fit and the sleeves...I felt like it made me look a little old (I jokingly called it my Suze Orman jacket!). This past weekend I decided to re-purpose the jacket and make it something I would actually wear--I turned it into a vest! I forgot to take a before pic, but here are some photos of the process and the final result.

I started by cutting the sleeves off the jacket.

I turned the jacket inside out and lined strips of hemming tape along the edge of the sleeves for the vest. 

Following the package directions for the hemming tape, I ironed over the tape to melt the adhesive and allowed the tape to cool.

After the hemming tape cooled, I peeled off the paper backing to reveal the adhesive.

Finally I folded the raw edge of the sleeves over the adhesive tape and pressed down on the fold with the iron to activate the adhesive and bond the fabric together, creating a finished edge for the sleeves of my vest.

Finally- the end result!
Vest (formerly a Jacket): New Directions (purchased from Belks) / Dress, Belt: TJ Maxx / Sandals: MIA (purchased from Marshall's) / Earrings: World Market

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