How to Sew a Cozy DIY Shawl Vest - Perfect for Winter

6 Materials
1 Hour

Winter is here! A lovely way to stay warm and cozy is with a DIY shawl vest. Making a women’s shawl collar sweater vest looks complicated but if you have basic sewing skills, you’ll be able to manage it. Here’s how to sew a shawl vest that you can wear today!

Tools and materials:

  • Yard of tricot fabric
  • Scissors
  • Marking or tailor’s chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
Measuring and marking the back

1. Make the back

Fold the fabric in half. Measure 26 X 12 inches. On the right side of the fold, mark in 1 inch and down 4 inches.

Connecting the marks with a curve

Connect them with a curve and then measure an additional 4 inches mirroring the other curve.

How to make a shawl vest pattern

From the top measure 8.3 inches. Mark down 10 inches. Connect the lower 4 inch mark to this 10 inch mark.

Measuring and marking the shawl vest pattern

At the left end of the fabric mark down 10 inches and then match it across to the other 10 inch mark. 

Cutting out the shawl vest pattern

Cut those pieces out.

The back piece should measure 25 X 10 inches. The inner portion should be 16.2 inches and the shoulder line 4 inches. 

Making the front shawl vest pattern

2. Make the front

Measure two pieces of fabric to be 30.7 X 13 inches. Have two pieces of fabric laying on top of each other.

Tracing the back to draw the front piece

Lay the back pattern on top folded. Copy the shoulder line and the arm hole. Fold the back piece so it is right up to the shoulder line. Measure 5 inches from the top at the edge of the shoulder line. Then measure 6.7 inches.

Cutting out the front pieces

Cut the two pieces along the measurement.

Two front shawl vest pattern pieces

3. Pin the pieces together

Lay the two front pieces right side up.

Placing the back piece on top of the front

Lay the back pattern on top of them so their right sides are facing each other.

Matching the shoulders and pinning in place

Match each shoulder and pin in place. 

Pinning and matching the side seams

Pin the excess fabric at the top, matching the seams across.

Pinning the neckline

Pull that piece back and pin the neckline in place.

How to make a shawl vest

It should look like this.

4. Sew the DIY shawl vest

Sew the shoulders with a zigzag stitch. 

How to sew a shawl vest

Sew the neckline. For a more detailed version of how to do this, watch the video from 5:30 to 6:47. Cut off any excess seam allowance. Topstitch the shoulders.

Pinning the shawl vest ready to sew

Fold in the armhole. Pin the side seams. Sew the armholes with a zigzag stitch. Then sew the side seams with a zigzag stitch on the wrong side.

DIY shawl vest

DIY shawl vest tutorial

Your beautiful women’s DIY shawl vest is ready! You’ll get so many compliments on how great it looks! Let me know in the comments if you made it!

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Suggested materials:
  • Yard of tricot fabric
  • Scissors
  • Marking or tailor’s chalk
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