Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Failure and a Vest.

As I have received comments from all of my readers, you guys have made me feel super awesome. Like so awesome that I thought I was the bomb-diggity. Alas, I am not. I was in the mind set that I could tackle any project and have it be a success. Well let me tell you, I have attacked two pretty awesome projects and they ended up being... not awesome. In fact, they were complete failures. Until I turned my frown upside down and got creative!

My original project was to make a maxi dress. Yep, this was the most embarassing one of all. So I was at Jo-Ann's with my 40% off coupon, and picked up some friggin sweet polyester/rayon stretchy t-shirt fabric for like $16. I had this awesome idea for a maxi dress, and as the project continued, it looked like CRAP. Seriously, I tried it on in front of my husband, and was literally embarassed. Which is saying something, because I've done some pretty stupid stuff in front of him! Anyway, I ended up tearing apart the entire thing and made a vest out of it... Here it is!

So I looked online for any instructions on how to make a DIY scarf vest, and it pulled up all these crazy tutorials with angles, and cutting, and surgers... not exactly my cup of tea. I need something simple and something fast. Soooo, I basically modified one tutorial I found, and it's SUPER easy!

All you do is get yourself ( roughly) one square yard of stretchy fabric. Mine was a poly rayon blend.

Okay, take your square and fold it in half. Next you are going to cut slits for your arms. Along the folded side, measure about 6 inches in, and then 6 inches down. This will be where you start the top of the slit. 
(If you have broader shoulders, you can bring it out a little further. I am rather narrow, so I only did about 5 inches. )

Now, you are going to make a vertical cut about 6-7 inches. Unfold it, and BOOM, you're done. You have a totally sweet scarf vest!

Here's what to do if you want to go the extra mile and make a tie for it. All you do is try on your vest and find where on your waist you'd like the belt to sit. Fold it in half again, and measure in about 9 inches from where you've marked it. Cut two 2 inch vertical slits, or wider if you already have a waist belt you'd like to use. If not, just take a long strip of fabric and slide it though your belt loops!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy right?! I love it when I can take a crap project and either salvage it or make it something completely different. Isn't it the pits when you just completely fail? Have you ever had a project that you thought was going to be dreamy and ended up being awful? Were you able to redeem it and make it awesome?

Here is a sneak peek of me trying to dye some fabric ombré style! Full tutorial coming soon!


Andrea said...

Very very cute, Breann! You're too cute! I totally want to make that vest. I'm going to attempt. haha

Get Craftlicious said...

Do it!!! It's beyond easy! Plus you have the figure for a cute little waist cinch!

Ashley's Thrifty Living said...

I want to make that vest too..Looks awesome!