It’s so typical of me to buy fabric and a pattern with good intentions of sewing it really soon, and then it doesn’t happen. I bought the fabric and pattern for the Hero Vest by Make It Perfect at the beginning of winter. Then somehow I didn’t get around to making it. But that big fluffy sherpa takes up a great deal of room. As I was sorting through my sewing studio I decided I need to make this vest already! You see, it is also typical of me to buy pretty fabric with absolutely no project to go along with it. It is very sad how much fabric I actually have :0. To help clear our space I decided I HAVE to sew up the projects I have a plan for before buying anymore fabric. Hence, here we are nearing spring and I am finally sewing up a winter piece. Oh well, I am sure I will use it a few times before the cold weather is gone. It makes next winter’s wardrobe that much more exciting right?
I was able to sew this pattern up fairly quickly. The directions walk you through sewing the zipper on in a way you will see the zipper tape from the inside. I wasn’t sure I loved that too much so I was excited that there was also a link to a picture tutorial on Make It Perfect’s site in the pattern directions for a concealed zipper. I opted to follow the concealed zipper instructions as I thought it would yield a more finished look. I really like the outcome and am glad I took the extra steps. She does a very good job with her extra tutorial with lots of pictures and steps making it super easy to figure out.
As far as the actual pattern, I am a visual person and like to have a picture for each step. There are pictures, but not for every step. I personally prefer having more pictures, but her directions were clear and easy to follow.
I sewed up this version exactly as the pattern called for (except for the zipper installation) and I like how it turned out. For my next one, I will probably forgo the biding around the pockets, hood, and arm holes and do more of a concealed bias tape. I like the look of mine, but I also like the cleaner finished look as well. It’s fun to have one of each! It adds diversity! I will most likely wait to do that one next fall 😉 I will probably opt to leave off the sherpa next time and line it with something different. I am excited about the sherpa for this vest, but I don’t want all my vests to have sherpa!
For the pocket installation, the directions said to pin the pocket piece to the body and pin around the curve. We were then instructed to stitch around the curve following the pins. I honestly just pinned the pocket to the body and then stitched on the wrong side. Essentially my bobbin thread is on the right side, but I can’t really tell a difference. It seemed easier to just sew it that way, rather than trying to follow pins. Im sure you could also mark the line with a disappearing pen instead of following the pins if you didn’t want your bobbin thread showing. Is there a rule that your bobbin thread always has to be on bottom? I’m kind of notorious for not following “sewing rules” :0
Pattern: Women’s Hero Vest
Size sewn: Small
Measurements: Bust: 34″, Waist: 29″, Hips: 39″
Fabric: JoAnne’s (Sherpa, rib knit, and a lightweight flannel)
Modifications: None (Other than following the tutorial on a concealed zipper)
And I couldn’t resist, I had to include the picture with the cutest little photo bomber! 😉