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DIY Hooded Vest

DIY Hooded Vest

I have a little bit of a vest obsession right now.  Well, actually, I’ve always had a thing for vests — big poofy ones to fur ones, I love them all!  So, this week I decided to make a long hooded vest to keep me warm in the cold weather.

Here is the final product followed by a step-by-step tutorial to create your own!

Very casual look.
Very casual look: “girlfriend” jeans, and sneakers.
Casual look: dark jeans, and ankle boots.
Dressier look.
Dressier look: leather leggings, t-shirt dress, and lace up ankle boots.

Making Your Own:

What You Need:

  • Cloth Tape Measure
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Fabric pen or marker
  • 1.3m of fabric (I used a short faux fur — more of a sheep skin texture)
  • Sewing clips and/or pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine (I also used a serger but it isn’t necessary)
  • Needle and thread

Cutting Your Pieces:

Below are the pieces that you need (my sketch isn’t to perfect scale so I added the measurements that I used for mine, as well).

Vest Pattern Pieces

Lay out your fabric.  Using your fabric pen or marker, draw your pattern pieces on to the fabric.  Start with the back of the vest.  Be sure to line it up on the fold of the fabric.  Clip or pin the fabric in place so it doesn’t move when you cut the out the pieces.

step 1

Repeat for the front pieces and the hood pieces (cut two of each).

step 1 cont

You should have  a total of 5 pieces.

Pinning and Sewing:

Making the Vest:

Always start with the shoulders.  With right-sides together (the sides that will be the outside), pin the shoulders so that the outside edges line-up.  Sew them together (I used a serger).

Step 2

Repeat this process for the sides of the vest.  Be sure to line-up the arm holes.  You can always adjust the hem later, if need be.  Don’t forget to mark a spot 6″ from the bottom.  You need to stop sewing at this spot if you want your vest to have slits on the side.  It’s always a good idea to try your piece on as you’re creating it to make sure you’re on the right track (please ignore my flannel nighty and socks).

Step 2 cont

Making and Adding a Hood:

With right-sides together, pin the hood along the longest curve and sew the pieces together.

step 3

With right-sides together, pin the hood to the vest.  Be sure that the middle of the hood (the seam you just sewed) lines-up with the centre of the back of the vest.  Sew.

step 3 cont

Finishing Up:

Now it’s time to finish off the raw edges.  Fold the edges under, about 3/8″ or 1/2 cm, pin and sew.  If possible, try to finish the bottom (and up the slits) all at once, and the hood and front edges all at once.

step 4

There will be a tiny flap of fabric left where the hood was attached to the vest.  Even though the edges were turned down, it could still fold to the outside.  Using a needle and thread, tack the flap in place.  When stitching through the front, be sure to only catch a tiny bit of the fabric.  This way you won’t see the stitch from the outside of the garment.

step 4 cont



I love having versatile pieces in my wardrobe.  One vest, three different looks!


If you have any tips, tricks, questions, or suggestions for future projects, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Until next time! Happy sewing!


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