The amazing sisters, Emily and Ashley from FrancesSuzanne, are back with a new Flip this Pattern Series: February “Free for All” is currently displaying free sewing patterns for all of us, sewing-lovers.
I must confess that my will-power is close to nothing when it comes to testing a new pattern (either free or purchased), so I was obviously I was so happy to join the challenge.
I had done it before (here), but because I used a faux furry remnant from a local I skipped a few steps from the original pattern: I did not used 3 layers and didn’t add the lovely quilted cap sleeves.
I was determined to do it properly this time, especially because the first version has been quite a hit in her wardrobe (my girl even wears it under her School Days Jacket). Apparently, this vest is very trendy 😉
The pattern is written in French, but don’t let this prevent you from using it. There are step-by-step instructions and it’s such a simple project (the sizes run from 3/6 months to 6 years).
The pattern calls for three layers of fabric: knit/jersey for the outside, polar fleece/batting for insulating and cotton for the inside/lining. You end up with a reversible vest with the most adorable quilted cap sleeves.
I used a crocheted bias trim from my stash for the ties, but this would look equally nice sans ties or with a bow-type sort of ties.
For this version, I used a basic fabric combo: tiny blue dots knit from the much-loved collection (City Weekend by Liesl Gibson), a tiny blue/green floral cotton from Hilco (remnant from a O+S Hopscotch skirt) and polar fleece as the intermediate layer.
This vest would look so great in a variety of fabric options. Think about Faux fur, fleeces, corduroy or wool flannel for a winter version and lighter-weight fabrics for a styling spring/summer version. And I’m sure a full-quilted vest will soon be in my girl’s closet ❤
The only mod I made to the original pattern was adding a few inches to the length.
I have to confess that I was hoping to add other free patterns to the mix, but a couple of last-minute deadlines at work prevent me from doing so. However, I’m sure I will be making for the “lost” time soon 😉
This is such a quick project – you can easily finished it in one-hour – that I’m sure you’ll be addicted as well.
Thank you so much for having me, Emily and Ashley!