Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Cargo vest made much more flattering!

So I'm sure you've seen cute cargo vests, like I've been pinning this fall and winter... vests are awesome, and I love the casual look of a long, soft cargo vest or jacket.

Anyway, so I got lucky on eBay and found this vest (Olive & Olivia brand... random!)--I've bought things on eBay like basically 2 times my whole life, with the exception of a couple of $0.99 leopard print iPhone cases, so it was a little crazy to be bidding on something.  Anyway, I "won" it, and here it is...

A little too big!!  Eeek!

I knew it was a Medium, but I didn't realize it would be so substantial/stiff, so that it doesn't collapse or soften around me.  And it had drawstrings on the bottom edge!  What am I supposed to do with ties at the bottom edge??  They just get in the way!  So, what I decided it needed was a tie at the waist instead!

I tore a strip of cotton sateen, pressed under both edges, and sewed it along the waist area of the vest.  I put grommets in the outside layer, and the facing on the other side of the zipper covers the edge of the casing/join.  I untied one knot and threaded the tie from the bottom through the waist casing.  See?

MUCH better!  Amiright??  Empty grommets at the bottom edge, but oh, well.

This thing is super comfy, and I've needed the extra layer of warmth recently.  It's nice to have a slightly more structured layer (compared to a hoodie or something) and I rocked it both days last weekend!


  1. Anonymous2/27/2012

    Wow, that's awesome! It went from something that I honestly would have never worn to something I'm now jealous that I don't own. Great job!

  2. What a great idea, I have always stayed away from these as they do nothing for me. I am definitely going to have to give this a go now :)

    1. I know what you mean, but the waistline does help!

  3. You should cut two small pieces off of the drawstring and sew them in the empty grommet holes.

    1. Haha, good idea! They would need to be short so as not to get in the way, but yeah!




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