Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Candy Corn Vest
I created a vest for my little boy (who is not so little! He is just over a year, and the vest is 2T), inspired by the classic fall candy, candy corn. For the outside, I used some ripstop nylon I picked up as a remnant last year. It reminded me of a orange jacket I had in college (and wore all the time until I moved to Vienna for the summer and stuck out like a sore thumb). When I saw it, I knew I needed it for my little one, but also I had to wait until he was bigger to use it. The day has finally arrived! And, I have some left over, so I might be able to finagle something from the last piece.
The inside of the vest was an old yellow sweater of his grandpa's, which I cut up to use as a cozy liner. At one point I considered adding batting as well, but W runs hot, and I think he'll appreciate not having too thick of a vest. That yellow sweater keeps him cozy, and it's soft, too.
The collar, insides of the pockets, and the arm binding, I made from some fun orange fabric with yellow stars. I picked it up from my local supermarket; they just started carrying a small amount of fabric, mostly fat quarters. I bought a couple fat quarters of the star fabric back at the beginning of the summer, and made a sun hat for W from the first fat quarter.
For the pattern, I used a top pattern I've used before, since I knew it would have the collar I wanted (Simplicity 1923). I didn't add the sleeve, and used bias tape to finish the edges of the armholes. I also added pockets, which I free-handed. The pockets also got some rivets, since we've had lots of sand make it back into the house before, and I loved that detail when I saw someone else online do it before. Little W loves to play in the sandbox.
The vest was inspired by the second week's theme (candy) over on Project Run & Play. They let their readers play along, and I thought that this year I would try to make something for all the challenges. I missed the first week, but I'm still planing on making what I had planned. I will have to share it when I get it done, along with the next two week's challenges. I have some really fun stuff planned, including an outfit for both kids for the last week!