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Polka Dots and Floral Vest

Happy first day of Fall! Summer will always be my favorite season but I do love the fashion that comes with fall. Of course I have a huge list of sewing projects for the new season that I probably won’t get through but I’ve already finished an apparel project!

There are some trends I like from afar, and the puffy vest was one of them. I like seeing them on other people but I couldn’t see myself wearing one. Yet again, pinterest sucked me in. You pretty much can’t sign into pinterest without seeing a fall outfit featuring a puffy vest. So I looked up some tutorials and came across this really cute one from Purl Bee. I loved the idea of a puffy vest in cotton (since most you see are made out of some synthetic) and by making my own, I could have a little fun with it! (Purl Bee actually has two different vest tutorials- here’s the other one which comes with closures and pockets)

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

The fabric is from Fabric.com, the main fabric is this beautiful polka-dotted chambray. It comes in a bunch of different colors, I was really considering the purple but I don’t have any Olive outerwear and thought my wardrobe could use it. I wanted a pop of fun for the lining and this stunning floral was perfect! (The whole collection of floral is really wonderful and I wanted all of it but controlled myself.)

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

I did have to make some adjustments to the pattern. I cut a Small, because the bust size made it seem like I needed to size up from the XS. I wound up cutting 2″ from each side and cut the neck down an inch. It is still a little high up but I don’t mind it.

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

I had to make bias for this project, and it just reminded me how much time it takes to make and hand finish! It does make for a beautiful looking inside though so I can’t complain too much.

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

I love this vest. The free pattern was a great base, and it can be as customizable as you want it to be! They also have a pretty draped vest that I’m keeping my eye on. This is the first apparel project for fall I had planned, but there is way more to come. My Ginger Jeans fabric has been purchased and washed. The pattern is printed and (almost) put together. I. WILL. MAKE. JEANS. It will happen this year. The more you say it the more it’ll happen, right?

I’ll leave you with this because it’s totally reversible too:

Polka Dots and Floral Vest- Trish Stitched

 Happy Fall!


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