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DIY Capelet Vest

As seen on the runways of Stella McCartney, Chloe, Valentino, Burberry, etc, WWD reports a trend in capes for Pre-Fall 2014.


Stella McCartney

Burberry Prorsum

Adam Lippes

Here is a designer-inspired DIY that is by far the easiest piece you can make and wear all year ’round…a Capelet Vest.


I found this amazing double layered wool from Mood.  It also happens to be surplus fabric from Ralph Lauren.  This happens when designers have leftover fabric that they need to clear out for new inventory – they sell it off to retailers.  Mood gets a lot of these designer fabrics – many of which are one-of-a-kind.


The only other supplies you’ll need are scissors, tape measure, and needle & thread:


inside out so it’s now reversible.  I will update a post with that technique soon.

Cut out a 30″ x 30″ square.  On one side cut the neck hole.  The shape I made is here: CapeletVest_NeckHole.


If you are using the raw edge of the fabric, one more supply you will need is a stop fraying liquid to secure the edges. Remember to test it first!  Different brands will effect your fabric differently. Fray Stoppa works best for mine.  Apply it on all the edges.


I also sewed a honeycomb stitch around the edges.  This is just to secure the edges more and make it look pretty 🙂 So this step is not a necessary.


For the arm openings:  Fold in half.  Go 6″ inches up and make a small 1/2″ stitch.  You can do this by hand or machine.



That’s it! Now you have your DIY Capelet Vest.




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