Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Baby, it's cold outside!

With the temperatures dropping, I thought I had better start looking at some outerwear patterns. One pattern company in particular has a TON of tween sized outerwear. I was VERY excited about the prospects. Needless to say, this will not be the last time we feature their patterns. Tonight, I am presenting the Peek a Boo Patterns Great Outdoors Reversible Vest. It goes up to a sz 12 and if I had had a reversible separating zipper in the house, mine would have been reversible, too. So, this is a highly versatile pattern. You can purchase it here http://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/product/great-outdoors-reversible-vest. When the designer, Amy, isn't making patterns, you can find her on her own blog Nap Time Crafters http://www.naptimecrafters.com/. She also has a group on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/PeekaBooPatternShop. This pattern actually starts at 3-6 mos and goes up to the 12, so for those of you sewing for the wee folk, this one will last a while. AND its gender neutral, so sew it up for your boy or girl!

What did I use? I used two flannels from Joann
http://www.joann.com/quilter-s-flannel-fabric-orangeand-cream-damask/12509535.html#q=orange+flannel&start=8


I used batting only on the exterior pattern pieces and quilted them. This vest WAS so cute, she is keeping this one until she outgrows it. She got tons of compliments today and, again, it is a pattern that people are AMAZED that you can make. Okay, yeah, its got a zipper and it separates - but, listen, you will be ok. Amy's instructions are great. If you are brave enough to make the journey, I think you will wind up happily on the other side. If you are planning on quilting your layer/layer(s), it is not going to be one of your faster sews, but it can be done in a day if you get to it. Its definitely worth your time. You can't see it in the pics, but I did the in-seam pocket version. You know how we LOVE our pockets


So, here is our rendition of the Peek a Boo Patterns Great Outdoors Reversible Vest









I love it. It makes me want to upsize it to fit me! I hope you have all had a great day and we will see you back tomorrow for our favorite day- HUMP day!

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful, and it really suits your daughter. I am tempted to purchase this pattern now too!

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    1. Thank you! She loved it. I highly recommend this one and, really, all of Amys outerwear patterns. I have several and another one that will be popping up on here soon. They are really well written and the quality of the garment when you are finished is really like a high end store quality. And you can make it as light or bulky as you want by varying what fabrics and how much batting you use. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. This really is cute. You are tempting me :) I bought the hooded shirt pattern last week. Im looking forward to sewing it up. Do you have a suggestion for a knit leggings pattern? My daughter (10) saw some cute knit with colorful sheep on it at Joann's and wants leggings. Ideas are appreciated.

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    1. I like the Jocole legging pattern http://www.jocole.net/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_15&products_id=48 or to be honest, sometimes I just trace a pair she has and make my own pattern. Trace the legging adding seam allowance and then add about 1-1.25" to the top (for your elastic casing) and .5" to the bottom (for your hem). You can also add a ruffle just by measuring your bottom edge, multiple by 2, cut that number for your width and whatever length you want. You can even do multiple ruffles. Thank you for stopping by and post a pic if you make some leggings! Would love to see that sheep fabric!

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    2. Thanks! My daughter even suggested tracing some leggings she already has. I think thats what I'll do. Much quicker!!

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  3. Love it and love that it's orange!!

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    1. Hee hee! Me too! :) I have said, I totally need to make this for me. I think I could make that happen.

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