How to Make an Elegant Circle Vest You Can Wear 3 Different Ways

8 Materials
$10
1 Hour
Easy

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a circle vest. Vests are at the height of fashion now! Here’s an easy circular vest that can be worn in several different stylish ways.

Tools and materials:

  • Knit stretch fabric 120 X 120 cm (48 X 48 inches)
  • Bias tape
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Large roll of tape
Folding the fabric ready to cut

1. Fold the fabric

Fold the fabric in half. Then fold it in half again. 

Making a circle vest sewing pattern

Then fold it into a triangle.

Marking the fabric

2. Mark and cut the fabric

Start at the point where the fabric is folded. Measure out 55 cm (22 inches) up towards the top of the fabric. Mark that spot.


Rotate the ruler from that point, keeping it on the fabric, and measure 55 cm across the top of the fabric, marking at each point. Keep going until you reach the other side. 

Cutting along the curve to make the circle

The marks will have a slight curve. Cut through all the layers of fabric on the marked area.

Marking the bottom center with a line

3. Mark and cut the armholes

Unfold the fabric twice so it resembles a half-moon. Mark the bottom center with a line. 

Circle vest tutorial

From the flat bottom measure upwards 15 cm (6 inches) and then 12 cm (5 inches). 

Making a DIY circle vest

Lay the ruler flat. From the first line, measure 7 cm (2 ¼ inches) to the left of the center and 13 cm (5 inches) to the right for a total of 20 cm. On the second line do the same.

Marking the armholes for the circle vest

Measure 12 cm (5 inches) to make a rectangle. 

Using a large roll of tape to get the curve

Use a large roll of tape to mark a rounded edge inside of the marked rectangle by all of the edges. 

Cutting the armholes for the circle vest

Insert a pair of scissors inside of the rectangle and cut both layers of fabric together only following the rounded markings.

Circle vest sewing pattern

Open the fabric. You’ll have 2 circles in the center of the fabric. 

Pinning the bias tape

4. Pin and sew the bias tape

Take the bias tape and pin it midway in place following the circle, folding and pleating the tape to maintain a circle shape. There should be an overlap of the tape.

Attaching bias tape to the armhole

Sew the tape to the circle. Do the same to the other armhole.

Pinning the bias tape ready to sew

Turn the fabric over. Fold the bias tape down on the other side of the circle, pin it down, and sew it into place.

Pinning the bias tape to the raw edges

Run the bias tape on the edge of the entire outside perimeter of the circle, leaving an overlap to sew on the other side. Pin it into place and sew it down. 

Sewing a circle vest

Then fold the overlap on the other side, pin in place if you need to, and sew it down.

Circle vest

It should look like this.

Measuring the belt for the circle vest

5. Make the belt

Cut from the extra fabric a belt that is 150 X 5 cm or about 60 X 2 inches long.

Making a belt for the circle vest

6. Pin and sew the bias tape to the belt

Cut the ends at an angle. Lay the bias tape half in the center. Pin into place and sew. 

Sewing the bias tape to the belt

Fold the bias tape over and sew it down the other side. Do the same for the other side of the belt.

Finished circle vest

DIY circle vest tutorial

This fashion-forward, multi-way circle vest is complete! There are several ways you can wear this circle vest. Wear it loose for soft folds (pictured above).

How to wear a circle vest

Wear it with a capelet effect with the belt at the neck for a jaunty look.

Circle vest with a belt

Fold the top halfway down to create a capelet effect. Wear with a belt to cinch in the waist.


I hope you found this DIY circle vest tutorial helpful. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Suggested materials:

  • Knit stretch fabric 120 X 120 cm (48 X 48 inches)
  • Bias tape
  • Pins
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