How to Make a Tuxedo Vest

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How to Make a Tuxedo Vest
Creating a tuxedo vest at home can help save money. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Purchasing a formal men's tuxedo vest can be expensive. While these fabrics give an extra touch to formal wear, there is no need to incur this extra expense. Instead, you can make your own formal vest at home using fabric, a sewing machine and a few other materials. While less expensive, you must take extra care with details, as any mistakes may cause you to scrap your design and spend more money than necessary.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Formal fabric
  • Non-stretch shirt
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Buttons (3)
  • Fabric chalk
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Gather 2-3 yards of formal apparel fabric the colour and pattern of your choice. It is better to have extra material in case of mistakes than not enough.

  2. 2

    Place a non-stretch undershirt over the formal fabric. Trace the shirt over the fabric using a piece of fabric chalk. Try and keep the shirt from moving too much so you have a clean pattern. The tracing will become the outline of the tuxedo. Turn the shirt over and repeat the tracing process.

  3. 3

    Draw a slit in the shape of a "V" toward the neck on the front part of the shirt. Follow this line down along the centre of the shirt. Cut each piece of pattern with scissors while leaving a measured 2 inches along the sides and 1 inch along every other sleeve tracing. Remove the sleeves with care.

  4. 4

    Sew the sides of each pattern together with thread the same colour as the fabric, using the sewing machine. Make sure you allot enough room to give the tuxedo enough space to close. Fold the extra material inside the vest to hem each exposed area, then sew over the fold.

  5. 5

    Sew the three buttons along the left side of the opening on the front of the tuxedo. Make sure the buttons are spaced evenly. Include slits along the right side to which the buttons can secure.

  6. 6

    Adjust the hem as necessary based on the size of the individual wearing the tuxedo. Loosening the hems will extend the tuxedo while tightening the hems will make the tuxedo smaller.

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