Sewing for older boys can be quite a challenge. They develop their own style and have lots of opinions about what is cool enough to wear these days. But when I listen to them and sew something that matches with their ideas, they are by far my most grateful customers.
Testing the new kids version of the Trailblazer Vest pattern by Twig&Tale seemed the perfect opportunity to hit the bull's eye. It includes pockets and zipper, a collar and has the opportunity to sew a warm puffer style version, so it's perfect for the grown up look my boys love. There is also a nice windflap, which I omitted in this version, because I wanted those matching chevron stripes to be visible. The instructions are very detailed - there is even a video on how to sew the zipper - and meant to hold a beginner's hand. They walk you through the construction from beginning to end.
The outer fabric is a thin cotton from Michael Miller quilted onto thick and fluffy batting. I had lots of fun playing around with the quilting design and used chevrons, horizontal and vertical stripes and a little piece of piping on the back yoke. With quilting, using piping and colourblocking, the possibilities to get creative are almost endless.
The lining is made out of one of the softest fabrics I've ever worked with: organic cotton sherpa by Michael Miller. Most organic cottons are softer than regular ones, but this one is pure heaven.
Not only does the kid feel cool now, he must be wrapped in the coziest garment I've ever sewn.
This vest exists in a grown-up men's version, too, and there is a lovely fisherman's add-on with lots of extra pockets for treasure hunters of all types. Today is the last day the pattern is on sale, so if you want it, grab it quick!
Pattern: Children's Trailblazer vest by Twig & Tale
Fabric: Michael Miller Cotton couture, color SC5333-META-D (outer)
and Michael Miller organic cotton sherpa (lining)
The fabrics for this vest were kindly sponsored by Michael Miller fabrics.