How to Cut a Denim Jacket Into a Vest

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Denim vests make a fashionable topper for many looks. Whether you like yours over a simple T-shirt or a feminine blouse, one thing is for sure -- a denim vest can amp up any wardrobe. Instead of buying a vest, recycle an old denim jacket and use a few do-it-yourself tricks to transform it. Not only will this DIY method save you cash, it will also ensure that you'll have a denim vest that's a true original.

Step 1

Pick a denim jacket that you don’t mind cutting. If you don’t have one, take a trip to a thrift or vintage store and find one there.

Step 2

Cut off your sleeves, following the seam of the arm. Leave about an inch of material between the sleeve and the seam. This will make it easier to cut a precise line at your seam.

Step 3

Now, take your scissors again, and cut the remainder of your sleeve off, getting as close to the seam as possible.

Step 4

Don’t worry if your edges don’t look perfect. Washing your new vest will fray the edges slightly and leave your vest with a cool, vintage feel.

Step 5

For a more polished look, flip your jacket inside out and use a seam cutter to undo your seam. This will take more time but will result in a more precise cut.

Step 6

If you have any stray fabric, snip it off with scissors.