Its been a quiet week around the blog! We were celebrating Easter, and birthdays, and had toddlers recovering for some time away from home. To make up for our absence today we have a free pattern and tutorial for you! We’ve hit the 40-50s around these parts (finally) so it’s vest season.
3 pattern pieces, for 2T-3T Download the pattern HERE
Size depending between 1/2 yd-1 yd of Exterior fabric
Size depending between 1/2 yd-1 yd of Lining fabric
Size depending between 1/2 yd-1 yd of Batting or Fleece
and the regular notions
Sew everything at 3/8″ unless noted
1a. Cut the back. We are going to cut the back piece on the fold.
Cut 1 of each of your fabrics exterior, interior, and batting/fleece
1b. Cut the left side of your vest. The left will have your buttonholes on it. So cut your full pattern piece. Remember your interior and exterior fabric pieces need to mirror each other. To save time I cut my pieces out with my two fabrics sandwiched wrong sides together, like this:
1c. Cut your right front. This is where you will sew your buttons. Mirror your pattern piece (so now you have a right front) and fold over your one inch buttonhole tab. Your piece will look like this:
Your pieces look like this:
2. Cut out the hood. I made my hood exterior and lining out of cord, and I didn’t add the fleece lining. If you need a full rundown on drafting your own hood go HERE. We are going to attach our lined hood slightly differently for this project. But draft the pieces the same and cut four.
3. Join your fleece/batting and exterior fabric. I serged all around the edges, you don’t need a serger of course. From now on these pieces will be considered one and referred to as the exterior fabric.
4. Sew the shoulder and side seams.
Do the same with your lining pieces.
5. Sew your hood pieces together to form two unlined hoods. Like this:
6. Attach them to your lining and exterior separately.
You’ll now have two pieces that look like this:
7. Join your pieces.
8. Tuck under the remaining open edges, the bottom and armholes, and topstitch.
9. Add the buttonholes to the left hand side. Need a good buttonhole tutorial? I like THIS one.
10. Using your buttonholes as a guide sew on your buttons.
Put on your child! Smaller than you anticipated? Grumble, deep sigh. Put on your smaller child! Adjust blog post to read 2T-3T size…..That might just be me.
Download your 2T-3T pattern for the vest HERE
If your looking for more vest inspiration we collected some more great tutorials on our boy Pinterest board HERE. Zippers, buttons, collars, and hoods lots of choices out there!