Prep for Sewing
Print the 4 page pattern. Cut the pieces out. Adhere pieces A & B by matching up the star. Adhere pieces C & D by matching up the hexagon.
We will be cutting the same pieces from both fabrics, for a total of 3 sets of pieces: a left side, a right side, and a back. Layer the fabrics together, with both fabrics face-up.
Make sure the stretch goes horizontally, then pin the side piece to the fabric and cut out.
Now flip over the side piece to the reverse. Pin it to your fabric and cut out. This will become the other side of the vest.
Fold the layered fabrics in half. Place the back piece along the fold. Pin and cut out.
Sewing Outer & Inner Vests
We will be sewing the outer vest and the inner vest separately at first. Layer the outer fabric pieces right-sides together and pin at the shoulders. Repeat with the inner fabric pieces.
Sew at the shoulders with a ¼ inch seam.
Now align the edges and sides of the inner vest piece and pin. Sew along the sides with a ¼ inch seam. Do not sew the armholes. Repeat with the outer vest.
Combining Outer & Inner Vests
Now we can combine the outer and inner vests. Turn the outer vest so that it is right side out. In other words, the seams should not be showing.
Turn the inner vest inside out, so the seams are showing. Place the inner vest on top of the outer vest, lining up the side seams. Pin together. Pin around the neck as well. (Do not pin the armholes.)
Sew the vests together along the sides, neck, and bottom. Do not sew the armholes.
Turn the vest right side out through an armhole.
You can’t really iron fleece, so instead, roll the seams between your fingers to give them a crisp edge.
Next, fold in the raw edge of the armholes about ½ an inch, aligning the two fabrics. Pin.
Slide the armhole of the vest onto the arm of your sewing machine. Topstitch close to the edge of the fabric, with a ⅛ in. seam.
Now we’ll make the Velcro closure. Cut pieces of sew-on Velcro into squares. Pin three Velcro pieces along the edge of the vest front. Stitch around the edge of the Velcro to secure.
Lightly lay the coordinating Velcro pieces on top of the sewn Velcro. Close the vest, then pick up the loose Velcro while opening the vest. Pin.
Sew the Velcro to secure.
Topstitch all the way around the vest, about ⅛ inch away from the edge, to add definition and detail.
If you’d like to add even more detail, you can quilt rows of straight lines horizontally across the vest. It’s purely decorative, but it looks pretty cute.
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