No Sew Denim Vest Tutorial

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diy denim vestdallas blogger valery brennan234Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought the supplies for a DIY project….and then totally forgotten about it. That’s me with this tutorial. A few months ago, I went thrifting for a new denim jacket so I could cut my old denim jacket into a vest. The same day I was lucky enough to find a nice Levi’s denim jacket for a whopping $5!

Then I totally forgot about it. I put the jacket in my coat closet and since it’s a thousand degrees outside, I never opened the coat closet. Since I’m heading to Wizard World Chicago (TOMORROW!), I was checking my wardrobe for my best geek gear and I realized I never made my denim vest to house my enamel pins! Yes, I wanted the denim vest specifically to put my pins on. No shame.

dallas blogger valery brennan311dallas blogger valery brennan278 dallas blogger valery brennan242So I got out my sewing scissors and went to town! Less than five minutes later, my denim vest was born! Literally all you do is cut the sleeves off your jacket – so simple! I cut mine outside the existing seams because I didn’t want it to fray too much. Of course it will fray a tad, but the seams will keep it from getting too “destroyed.” The best part about a denim vest is you can totally make it your own! Add bleach, paint splatters, studs, patches, pins or just keep it plain! The possibilities are endless.

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Initially I had planned on keeping this look really simple but I kind of kept adding layers on layers to make it more dramatic. Lace tights, combat boots, a pompadour plus some dramatic makeup and I was all set with a rocker chic look! The denim vest really sealed the deal though, without it, it just wouldn’t look complete. Denim vests are actually one of my favorite “third pieces” because they can be worn in literally any season, making the cost per wear very low, especially if you thrift the jacket!

  • What DIY project have you procrastinated on lately?
  • Do you rock a denim vest? If not, get yourself to the thrift store!


8 thoughts on “No Sew Denim Vest Tutorial

  1. I have a list of 5 DIY projects that I should’ve started at the beginning of this month.

    If I find a jacket, this is happening. IT IS HAPPENING!

  2. Great minds! I shot a look last Sunday with my enamel pins too 😂 But I only have 4 lol. Where do you get your pins?

    P.S. we all need to go thrifting ASAP! I want an oversized denim jacket to distress. Like a dad denim jacket.

    1. Ooooooops I forgot to reply to these comments. Enamel pins are my jam…I ordered two more yesterday. Oops.

      Some of these came from F21 but I’ve been trying to order from all small businesses. I follow a bunch on Insta but I don’t know their names off the top of my head. I’ll tag you as they pop up on my feed!

  3. Are you peeking into my cabinets because I have tons of DIY stuff just collecting dust! Love the vest and your initiative in competing this DIY!!
    Karen |

  4. I’ve found that there really is no stopping when it comes to adding to an outfit with a denim vest full of pins. To quote Mean Girls, “The limit does not exist.” You look so awesome! Have a blast on your trip. 🙂

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

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