Monday, February 13, 2017

Thyme vest release in OT14

Last week, I mentioned One Thimble issue 14* already. This weekend, it got released and I tested one of the patterns, the Thyme vest* my Paisley Roots. This is supposed to be a layering, an in between seasons garment. My kids love to have freedom of arm movement, so I thought it would be ideal with some batting as a truely in-between coat, I might have overdone it a bit though.

This vest has all the features to make it your kids favorite, a hood, lots of pockets and elastic in the waist to avoid that wind blowing up inside it. The vest is fully lined, so there is a very pretty finish (there even is a facing for the bottom of the vest, to avoid a slipping lining) and you can use some of your bigger scraps of a treasured fabric to make a nice pop. I used some Snow white jersey from Lillestoff (bought years ago at Joyfits) that matched perfectly with the red outer fabric (that I bought at Textielstad as a coupon).

The pattern instructs to sew some decorative lines on the pockets. I used the pockets to practice one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine. I personally love the fact that the pattern has snaps and a zipper. In my version there are no buttons though, somehow my girl voted against them. The vest stays closed without them as well, but they do provide some extra wind protection. The front flap can not blow open if it is closed with the snaps. If I would have to guess, I think my girl voted against the buttons because she just wanted to wear the vest immediately.

Okay, about that batting. I upcycled an old pen play blanket, and like I already mentioned, it might have been (insert a very sarcastic face here) a bit too thick. I had a horrible time sewing in the elastic (think similar situation of having 10 meter of tule under your machine). In the end I just went for a zigzag, and not the pretty stitch lines the pattern prescribes. Yes, you are right, I was not being the perfect tester this time. Karly did say, she now could write an advice against using too much batting in the instructions and if you use batting, to quilt it to the lining pieces (I quilted it to the main, which also created some trouble). I do promise to be a better tester next time Karly ;).

You can buy the pattern either as a stand alone pattern* through the One Thimble site or as part of the One Thimble issue 14 magazine*. 

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  1. Beetje experimenteren is juist prima. Leerrijk. Soms valt het goed uit en soms wat minder. Maar ❤je creaties, en je eerlijkheid.

    1. Dank je, ik vind het zelf altijd heerlijk om lezen als het bij anderen ook wel eens net iets anders uitpakt dan je in gedachten had ;)

  2. I absolutely love the fabrics you chose and it was so good because I could put instructions for adding batting in! Thank you so much for testing for me!!!

  3. Echt mooi, ik zag 'm ook al passeren bij een van de ontwerpsters van LLC. Echt een superleuk patroontje!

  4. Heel mooi. En ook ideaal op een jeans jasje of zo. Toppertje!

  5. Omitting buttons for a chance to wear her new vest ASAP is the best compliment a child can give her sewing mama :) The vest turned out great despite the drama with the batting. It looks super warm and comfy :)