Wear Your Scarf as a Vest

2 Posted by - July 1, 2013 - DIY & Crafts, Women's Apparel

This pin test was originally posted on CraftFail.

It’s true that no one will ever accuse me of fashionista-ism. I have pink hair, y’all, for real. Fashionista I am not. But it’s not that I don’t try, especially when I see cute shit like this:

Image from Couponing101.com

Image from Couponing101.com

The instructions seemed easy…

Image from Couponing101.com

Image from Couponing101.com

I got through Hold Scarf Lengthwise…


(Although I actually couldn’t find a “scarf” big enough to do this with, so I’m using a sarong. Deal.)

And then I managed Fold in Half…


But here’s where I got stuck. Tie Top 2 Corners Together? I thought probably that meant that I was supposed to tie the two corners that were in my hands together, but that didn’t really match the pictures. So eventually, I ended up taking the corners in my right hand and tying those together… I guess maybe that’s right?


I won’t even pretend to know what “Tie Top Center to 2 Corners” means. I found a random center and tried to tie it to the knot I already made, somehow.

I ended up with this, which looked fairly close to right.


But, in the difficult process of putting on the vest, which involved a shitfit and many swears…


I somehow managed to untie it, so I had to start over.

Upon re-tying so that the knot would stay knotted, I found that my fat, sausage-like arms could not be put down when the vest was actually on. (“I can’t put my arms down!” Christmas Story. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?)


So, yeah. Not something I would wear in public. And, dudes, I would wear sweat pants and pink hair in public, so I’m not exactly picky.



  • Staciehew July 1, 2013 - 9:58 am Reply

    Definitely don’t get too down about this one. The original looked stupid too.

  • Deanna L Peoples July 1, 2013 - 10:10 am Reply

    I glad I’m not the only one who has problems with the “take a random piece of fabric” looks. Your post always make me smile.

  • Chelsea July 1, 2013 - 10:40 am Reply

    Buy a vest if you want a vest… scarves are for your neck. This original post was made for tiny people who don’t eat chocolate.

  • Heather July 1, 2013 - 10:57 am Reply

    You’re hilarious! Loved this one.

  • Kasie Strickland July 1, 2013 - 10:59 am Reply

    Don’t worry about it, It was a dumbass pin to begin with. Wear a scarf as a vest? Who the fuck wears vests anymore? Valets? I park my own car.

  • Justine July 1, 2013 - 11:03 am Reply

    I mean I get that you would try this but seriously, don’t worry about it not working out, this looks even more stupid than the various “wear your boyfriend’s shirt as a dress/skirt/shoulder free top/astronaut suit” kind of pins.

  • Cara July 1, 2013 - 11:08 am Reply

    Apparently being a size 0-3 is a must for this pin. The front of the original “scarvest” looks cute, but the back? Not so much. Looks a little too much like a something a kid playing dress-up would create out of a blanket from the couch. Looking at the first picture of the front, you know what could also create that look? A frickin’ scarf worn as a scarf. Revolutionary thought right there.


  • LizzyMom July 1, 2013 - 11:35 am Reply

    Ummmmm…maybe it has to do with the fact that you are using a SQUARE scarf and they used a RECTAGULAR one — when theirs is folded in half it looks like yours did starting out….??

    However, yours is MUCH funnier. Which is the point…

    Besides, who wants to wear a damn vest anyway????!!!

    • Erin M July 7, 2013 - 1:54 pm Reply

      I tried it with a long scarf, got the same results. Can’t lower my arms.

  • Kayla July 1, 2013 - 11:54 am Reply

    It works for us sausage armed people if you don’t fold the scarf in half, but then it’s just really long in the back

  • Breenah July 1, 2013 - 12:55 pm Reply

    The ONLY way I can see this being useful is if you accidentally get a huge stain on the back of your shirt and need to cover it up.

  • Katie July 1, 2013 - 1:54 pm Reply

    I would never even do the original pin in 1000+ years. Ever. Never.

  • Amber Walker July 1, 2013 - 2:20 pm Reply

    Hey, is wearing pink hair in public gauche? If so, I’ve got a problem… yes, yes, my hair is naturally teal!

  • Katherine July 1, 2013 - 5:05 pm Reply

    Put your arms down when you get to school…or when you find the nearest bottle of booze! Celebratory drink for trying!

  • lizmk July 1, 2013 - 10:48 pm Reply

    “I wonder where that girl got that super awesome slouchy scarf-like vest” said nobody, ever. I do like your version, though… it makes me think of a particular drunken night of shenanigans with my friends.

  • Shawna July 2, 2013 - 4:20 am Reply

    ugh…some of those pins are for anorexic 12 yr old bodies…like making a dress out of a mans dress shirt???!!! not a good look if you’re over 21, have boobs and not a size 0. Sonja…you rock!

  • Nancy Dorchester July 3, 2013 - 8:11 am Reply

    Put your arms down when you get to the restaurant.

  • These Earthlings July 3, 2013 - 12:12 pm Reply

    I get stuck at the point of, “Why would someone want to wear a scarf as a vest?”

  • Sharon Bailgoat July 6, 2013 - 4:59 pm Reply

    You are all ready to breastfeed in public now! AMEN™


  • MaryEllen Miller July 8, 2013 - 10:38 am Reply

    It kind of looks like a cape from the back. Like a super hero cape. Win!

  • Joanna Likness Pendleton July 8, 2013 - 1:27 pm Reply

    You know when I started getting a lot of compliments from people about my clothes? When I started wearing yours. So I think yes to fashionista, but a true fashionista would never wear a scarf as a vest anyway. That is dumb.

  • Raven July 13, 2013 - 10:46 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh I am reading through your blog and laughing so hard my cheeks hurt. So glad you share pictures they are truly worth a thousand words lol.

  • Peta-marie Good July 20, 2013 - 10:12 am Reply

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA love it. laughed so hard i woke my baby up!

  • that_music July 22, 2013 - 11:36 am Reply

    Ok, I just tried this. I literally got out of bed after midnight because I needed to find out if this worked ever.
    1. It seems to *really* depend on the size and shape of the scarf you use, and the size of knot you use. I tried several and only one of them looked halfway decent (hint, a woollen shawl is not a good substitute for a scarf in this situation, no matter how big it is).
    2. Once you get it on you just look like you’re wearing a scarf wrong. The only reason the original one looked half decent is because she’s tucked in all the extra bits at the front with the fringe that make it look like you’re wearing a scarf weirdly. Of course as soon as you actually move the flappy bits come untucked and it looks bad again.
    3. Sure, if you really want, you can wear a scarf as a vest. But remember that there’s a big a*** knot in the middle of your back and that’s not particularly comfortable or attractive. It’s like that wearing-a-scarf-as-a-shirt thing. Technically it *is* possible, but why not just wear a shirt?

    (I’ll post photos on tumblr some time tomorrow-ish when I’ve had some sleep. (thatmusic123 dot tumblr dot com))

  • nsroger July 29, 2013 - 6:07 pm Reply

    I admit I do this, and I do believe I qualify as “sausage armed.” It really does depend on the length of the scarf and the size of the knot you use. I teach high school, and my students are always impressed when I reveal the secret. Also, my hair is usually down when I do this, and it hides the knot.

  • Katherine I. Karstensen August 21, 2013 - 11:24 pm Reply

    It works quite well, but you need the right scarf. a long scarf works the best.

  • ThetaSigma October 19, 2013 - 5:23 pm Reply

    I think I saw someone wearing a vest like this, and I gotta say, my first thought was not, “What a classy look!” but “What the fuck?” Granted, the whole outfit was a collection of ‘wtf’ pieces that did not cancel each other out, but sorta made the whole ensemble worse, an exponential ‘wtf??’ if you will. And I am equally not picky — I wear sweatpants in public, except when I go to work, and then I wear cargo pants. I wear Doctor Who sloganned t-shirts everywhere, including restaurants (not to work though. *sad face*)

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