Years ago I made my Mom a vest from old jeans. I embellished it with tons of beads. She asked me for another one a couple of years ago. Well - I don't have that pattern any more, didn't have a pile of old jeans handy, and didn't really want to take the time to work out the logistics of making her a vest - I haven't done garment making for quite a long time now and the chops aren't what they used to be! But at the same time, she asked me more than once and she's in her 90s so I figured I need to do something!
In the end, I had the idea of checking out our local Value Village to see if there was a denim vest there that I could bring home and jazz up a bit for her. I found a white Alia vest that looked roughly her size so I picked it up and brought it home. Did some machine embroidery and some beading. She loves it! Whew!