A Simple Vest for Anne – Pattern Review

On Black Friday last year I went a bit spend happy on Etsy and bought a couple pdf patterns. I decided to buy Anne the Simple Vest pattern by Lily Bird Studio. I had never sewn with her patterns before but I had heard good things from several friends.

I sewed it up at the beginning of March using a remnant of fleece that I bought at JoAnns and a really cute purple and white chevron flannel for the lining.

Simple Vest Open - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy original intention was to put the welt pockets on it but after one horrible failed attempt I decided I didn’t want to waste anymore fabric and went with no pockets.

Simple Vest Zipped - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI found that the sizing for the pattern ran a bit small. Based on her measurements Anne would be a 4 according to the pattern, I am thinking that I should have made it a 5, and will definitely do that next time (I have plenty left of both fabrics to make a second one).

You can see that it is just exactly right for Anne at the moment.

Anne Simple Vest - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comIt goes right to the end of her shirt, and I personally like her clothes to have a bit of room to grow. The nice thing is that the pattern has sizing from 12 months all the way to 8 years so I will be able to use this pattern for a couple more years.

Open Simple Vest Anne - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWhatever size issues there might be, it really didn’t matter because that smile made it a win!

The next time I make this pattern I am going to find a reversible separating zipper so that I can have 2 vests for the price of one, I think that will be super fun for Anne.

Pattern Details: Simple Vest by Lily Bird Studio

Pattern Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner

Would I recommend this pattern: Yes

Materials – Blizzard Fleece from JoAnns, Separating Zipper

Special Skills: Installing a Zipper, Welt Pockets (I omitted those)

Model – my precious Anne


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10 Responses to A Simple Vest for Anne – Pattern Review

  1. Jessica says:

    Turned out great.
    Which way do you have the fleece and knit stretching? head/toe or around the torso?

  2. Lisa L. says:

    Turned out cute! I am going to have to give her pattern a try. I liked the others I sewed with by Lily Bird. 🙂

  3. Beth T. says:

    Precious, indeed. Sweet pictures. I hope today is going well. xxx Beth

  4. Susan says:

    You did a great job! Love the pink and purple combination. Even when it’s too small, she can still wear it unzipped for a while on days when just a little more body warm is wanted.

  5. Jeifner says:

    She looks so happy with it!

  6. Jacque (aka Snoodles) says:

    So cute! Great job!

  7. Katy says:

    Very cute 🙂 Maybe patch pockets for next time? Fleece is a bit of a bugger to work with in fine manipulations like welts, but patches would work great :o)

  8. Kathleen says:

    Aw, she sure does love it! It looks so cuddly to wear.

  9. Jo Ferguson says:

    I don’t know what’s cuter…..the jacket or the model. I think maybe it’s the model wearing the jacket, that’s cutest of all.

  10. Michele W says:

    The vest came out so cute! Great job Melissa!

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