We have entered our Fourth Round of Designer Challenges for the year. Everyone seems to wow me and this talented blogger is no exception.
was happy to take our little challenge of fabric from my newest line Pirate Matey’s. Amy is a stay at home mother that who’s prior career included residential interior design. She has produced some amazing products like this:
Amy was quickly inspired by the Pirate Matey’s collection and went to work on an adorable puffy vest for her little pirate. If you are looking for some inspiration here it is!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 yard of outer fabric
- 1 yard of coordinating inner fabric
- 1/2 of a yard of cotton batting like you’d use for a quilt
- Sewing Machine/Serger (optional)
- Ironing board
- Disappearing fabric marker
- Ruler/Yard stick
- Pattern (provided below)
First things first, print out your pattern. This is not the one to print. Those are at the very bottom.
Blow up the image until the 1″ guideline is an actual 1″ on your ruler. You’ll need to piece the pattern together with tape.
With the fabric print side down.
Lay the pattern down with the writing side up, trace, and cut. DO NOT cut along the dotted line for your first side.
Flip pattern over writing side down, trace, and cut. DO cut along dotted line for second side.
For the back piece line up the dotted line on the fold of the fabric, trace and cut.
DO NOT cut along the fold.
Here’s what you should have. One side wider than the other and one piece for the back.
Repeat these steps for the inner line BUT this time lay your fabric print side up.
Cut pieces from batting. You only need the three pieces. Next you’ll want to make the cuts for the collar.
Cut the following:
Outer fabric- 2 1/4″ h x14 1/2″ w
Inner fabric- 2 1/2″ h x 14 1/2″ w
Batting-2 1/4″ h x 14 1/2″ w
Then laying RIGHT sides together with the batting at the top, align the top raw edges together pin and stitch or serge a 1/4″ seam around both short side and one long side. You should have 1/4″ of the inner fabric hanging out the bottom.
Turn right side out.
Iron flat. Here you can see the extra bit of inner fabric left on the bottom.
Next line up one side of the vest with the inner and outer fabrics RIGHT sides together, just as you did the collar.
Stitch or serge along the edges shown below.
Repeat for the other side of the vest.
For the back you will only stitch along the arm holes and bottom.
Turn pieces right side out.
This next step makes the vest look like a puffy vest. I marked out my lines 2 1/4″ apart with the disappearing ink marker.
Stitch along the drawn on lines back stitching at each end.
It should end up looking like this.
Now your going to place your shoulder pieces together and stitch or serge a 1/4″ seam.
Make sure your outer fabric is RIGHT sides together.
Then you will do the same for the sides of the vest.
It should look like this once you’ve done that.
Before moving on to the attaching the collar you’ll want to top stitch a 1″ seam down the front of the vest on the wider side. Your button holes will go here and this just creates a distinction there. If you’re unsure as to what I’m referring to just take a look at the finished product and you’ll see the line to the left of the buttons
Next you’ll attached the collar. Placing outer RIGHT sides together line up the collar to the top of the vest. Pin in place and stitch a 1/4″ seam back stitching at each end.
Closer look at it here.
Make sure you keep your inner fabric out of the way, you don’t want to stitch that here.
Now you’ll fold the collar up and tuck under that extra 1/4″ of fabric.
Ironing it down will make it much easier. Then you will stitch the collar down staying close to the edge. The better this side is lined up with the back side the better the stitch will look on the other side.
You can see in this photo that mine isn’t great.
Next you’ll want to follow your machines instructions on creating button holes and attaching buttons.
When you go to open up your button hole ALWAYS put a pin at the top of the hole so you don’t rip straight through the garment…I learned that the hard way!
And there you have it!
Style, comfort, warmth, and cuteness all in one!
Good Luck & Happy Crafting!
Thanks Amy for participating in our Designer’s Challenge! This is such a fabulous pattern and design for this time of year!