A waterfall vest, or draped vest, is flattering on many body types and can be made from a wide variety of fabrics to give completely different looks. A casual knit looks stylish over jeans or shorts while a sheer chiffon vest works well for more formal occasions. No matter what fabric you choose to use, you can easily make your own vest in a few hours with very minimal sewing skills.
Things You'll Need
- 1 yard of knit or chiffon fabric
- Measuring tape
- Sharp scissors
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine with a 10/70 ballpoint needle
- 8 1/2-by-11 inch piece of paper
- Washable marking pen
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Cut a rectangular piece of knit or chiffon fabric that is 50 inches by 33 inches.
This vest works well for many different weights of knits. Consider using a lightweight knit for a summer or spring vest and a heavier knit for a winter or fall vest.
To create a hem on all four sides of the vest, use a steam iron to press all sides under 1/4 inch. Then fold under another 1/4 inch and press again.
Pin the pressed edges on all four sides of the vest.
Use a 10/70 ballpoint needle to sew the folded edges. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.
Cut a 7-by-5-inch oval from a piece of paper to use as an armhole pattern.
Fold the rectangular piece of fabric in half widthwise. Place the armhole pattern 4 1/2 inches in from the fold and 2 1/2 inches down from the top. Position the pattern piece at a slight angle with the wider edge pointing toward the bottom of the vest.
Trace around the pattern piece with a washable marker.
Cut around the marked lines through both layers of fabric, and then open the vest up.
To finish the edges, use a steam iron to press under 1/4 inch around each armhole. Then fold each armhole under another 1/4 inch and press again.
Pin and then sew the pressed edges in place around each armhole, removing the pins as you sew.
Wear your new waterfall vest over a T-shirt and jeans or a cute dress for a stylish layered look.