DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Denim Vest

DIY Lace & Denim Vest! Earlier this summer I went to Anthropologie and noticed a denim vest with lace on the back. I thought it was sooooo cute, but didn't want to pay $118 for it. Especially when I was eager to make the vest myself! I was curious to see if I could produce a version of the idea that was tweaked to my personal style.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest

This project was so. much. fun. Here's how it was done!

Anthropologie Inspired Lace Denim Vest DIY

First, I needed the basics - a good base for the vest and some lace!

I went to the thrift store and found a denim jacket and a lace dress.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Jacket

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Lace Dress

The jacket was $4 and the dress was $2. Even better - I think the jacket was brand new because it still had extra buttons attached!

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Buttons

As a side note - the dress looks pretty in this picture, but it was stained and falling apart. It was the perfect piece to recycle into something new. Also, I made sure to wash both pieces before getting started.

Next, I took the sleeves off of the jacket to turn it into a vest. Have you ever cut into jean? It is so satisfying!

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Close Up

I made sure to cut it right before the stitching for the arm. That way the whole thing wouldn't unravel! I am completely fine with it looking a bit frayed before the hem - I actually prefer this look because it gives it a bit of character.

Next thing was to get the lace prepped!

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Cut Lining

I cut the lace away from the lining so I would have a large piece to work with.

Then, I cut a square out of the back of the denim vest.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Square Cut Out

I decided to have the piece of lace entirely on the outside of the jacket (rather than just sew it on the inside and have it peek through the square). One reason I was drawn to the Anthropologie vest was because of the texture outside of the denim.

Here's where I made a mistake, though. I did a simple stitch on the inside of the jacket to tack the lace in place. BUT, I did stitching that was even all along the inside. So, it looked like this:

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Incorrect Stitching

When I turned it around, though, the stitching went through the roses and didn't look so great.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Incorrect Stitching Front

So, I pulled all the stitching out and tried again. I learned that when the stitching went through the netting versus the actual roses the final product looked a lot cleaner.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Stitching From Inside

I flipped the vest to the outside and cut the lace so I would keep some of the roses.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest  - Stitching from the Outside

Finally, I cleaned around the edges a bit. Then, I placed 1 small stitch in the 2 bottom / side / top roses. This was to keep all of the lace in place.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Finishing

Here is the final product!

From the front -

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Pic Front

And, from the back:

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Back

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Lace Denim Vest - Back 2

I loved, loved, loved this project. It took me a couple of hours (mostly because I didn't know what I was doing and was making it up as I went along). But, now that I have a process, I could probably knock it out in about 45 minutes.

If you have any sewing skills whatsoever I bet you could figure out a more sophisticated way of making this vest! My sewing skills are enough to string things together, but that's about it! If you know of a way to improve upon this idea, please feel free to comment below!

 This project would be great for a tween / teen, too. If you have one in your life and would like to do something artsy-craftsy this would be a fun activity to work on together.

This vest was originally $118 (as of today, it's on sale for $60), but I made it for $6. Totally worth it!

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