I’ve been wearing this vest on repeat non stop. It’s been a great light layer for the daytime and over long sleeve button-ups for when the temps fall at night. It was made for layering. But… it wasn’t that long ago that this pre-vest 3/4 sleeve length jacket was hanging in the back of my closet, because it was one of those pieces that ended up being way too tight on my shoulders. I decided to do something about it, and I had documented my steps on my lovely iPhone, but that phone died a few weeks ago and I lost those pictures. Since so many of you have asked me how I made it, I’ll try and share the steps below and cut-up another jacket I’m ready to part with soon to illustrate the steps in detail.
How to DIY a Military Inspired Vest
Step One: Select a thick button-up or jacket that you’re a) ready to part with or b) doesn’t fit you properly in the sleeves or shoulders
Step Two: Flatten the jacket and sleeves on a table. Take a pair of fabric scissors and cut the sleeves off from the top to the bottom of the seam. Make sure to make the incision right below the seam, meaning the seam should still be intact after the sleeve has been removed. This way you don’t have to worry about the fabric fraying as much and you won’t necessarily have to seal the seam.
Step Three: Start layering. I’ve worn this under jackets, over tank tops, over button ups, etc – the options are endless.