How to Cut Up a Plaid Shirt Into a Vest

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When cutting up a plaid shirt into a vest, you're going to want to start by laying the item flat on a table. Cut up a plaid shirt into a vest with help from a communications and fashion industry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristie Prince Hale with Impulse Design Group and the publisher of Klala, your Fashionably Nerdy News. And today, I'm going to show you how to cut up a plaid shirt into a vest. So, we've got a great plaid shirt here. And what we're going to do is, simply cut along the sleeve, the seam right here. And you're going to work all the way around. You can lay this flat on the table, if that's easier for you. But, so you can see what I'm doing, I'm going to do it on the mannequin here. I'm going to put a small hole up at the top and then, I'm going to cut all the way around. So, I'm not going to cut both sides at the same time. You want to make sure that you're using fabric scissors, you don't want to use the scissors out of the junk drawer because that's not going to work so well. So, I'm going to go ahead and put a small cut right at the top. And then, as you can see, I've got a little hole up here and I'm going to take my scissors and put it, actually insert it into the hole. And I'm going to cut along that seam all the way around. Now, you want to take your time and you want to cut underneath of that seam because you can always go back and clean it up a little bit. But you can't add the material back. That involves sewing, but I don't want to do any of that. Alright, so now I'm going to work on the back a little bit. And it may take a little bit of time. And again, this is why you want to make sure you have good fabric scissors. Because those junk drawer scissors are dull and they're not going to do the trick. And when you get across some of the other seams of it, you're going to have to find, you're going to find that it's a little tough to cut. Just make sure you hold the scissors firm and work your way around. This is a great thing to do with old shirts that maybe need a new look, you don't want to quite get rid of them yet. And so, there we go. You can see now that we've cut almost the whole side, but we've got an extra little seam right here. So, we're going to go along this seam and cut as well. This way you can see a little bit better on the inside of what I'm doing. And I'm just working my way right above that seam, not on it but above it. And voila, there you go. You can always go back and touch up loose ends that you might have. But you've got a great, little vest shirt now. You could cut off or remove the collar, if you want. But I really like the way that the collar looks, it kind of adds a different style to it. This one's actually buttoned down, but we can un-button it, flip it up a little bit. You can do some versatile things with it. So, i would recommend leaving the collar, I think it adds a little classiness to it. And you can pair these vests with plain T-shirts, tank tops, they're great spring, summer look. You could even wear it for fall or winter, but you would have to put some other layers underneath, of course. So, use those tricks and I know your vest will look great. I'm Kristie Prince Hale with Impulse Design Group and the publisher of Klala, your Fashionably Nerdy News.


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