Saturday, 9 April 2016

Kwik Sew 3816 Vest

About a month before our planned holiday it dawned on me that Boo didn't have the right sort of jacket for the trip. She needed a body-warmer style that would keep the spring chills away but not be too hot for lots of walking around and jumping in and out of the car.



I had this Kwik Sew pattern stashed away and had been wanting to try it for a while so I ordered the supplies I needed for the 'real' version and got to work on a trial run through.

There are a couple of tricky techniques called for in this pattern, namely a welt pocket with the added flourish of a zip. My experience of sewing welts started with this raincoat (which was hellish in the fabric) and the Oliver and S Art Museum Trousers which were plain sailing. I knew I could always fall back on the O+S instructions if I needed to, but had faith in the Kwik Sew instructions which have always been excellent in the past.


My test run proved that the instructions were brilliant and easy to follow. I had no problems constructing the pocket and adding the zip.

I used thick fleece for the navy version you see here and that would have been a little trickier to get a neat welt out of. Knowing this is what I would be working with (and taking heed from Shelley) I decided to change the pattern up to make this easier. Instead of the welt pocket being on the outside, I put it inside the vest meaning I could make it from the cotton poplin lining fabric.


I also extended the back lining to full length as it was more the look I wanted. The lower pockets have a faux welt look and the pocket bags are made from the lining fabric. I therefore had to make the decision between having the pretty flowery fabric right-side out to match the rest of the inner lining or flip it and have the flowers peeking out of the pockets from the outer side.
I figured since the jacket would be seen mostly from the outside, that the reversed inside wouldn't be a big issue.


I didn't tamper with the length at all. I liked that the elasticated casing tucked neatly under her bottom and kept the wind out. The only bit of sewing that was tough was attaching the casing. My fleece is beautifully soft and thick so when it came to the casing, it meant I was going through 3 layers of fleece and 1 of poplin. My machine got through it but I felt like we had battled!


A felt heart served as the anchor point for my size label.


And there you can see the zippered welt tucked neatly into the upper lining piece. We put her little pocket camera in there during our days out and it was a nice safe place for it to be carried around in. 

The details:

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3816
Size made:  XL (12-14years)
Fabric used: Speckled Fleece from Pennine Outdoor and poplin for the lining

The resulting vest is one of the best items of clothing I have made for her. It is amazingly soft and snug, yet very practical for playing in. I am glad I picked the navy colour as it will match a lot of her clothes without thinking about it too much.


9 comments:

  1. Looks lovely and snug! I love the colour and actually it looks like it will fit her for more than a season. I thought I had this pattern but I have a different one instead, not kwiksew.

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    1. I hope it does! It is still quite cool here so the thicker coats haven't been put away yet.

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  2. Ah ha! I was looking at the instagram picture thinking you bailed on the zippered welt pocket. Brilliant idea to put it on the inside.
    I think I'll be revisiting this one this winter but will give it a "whale tail" and leave the hem elastic out for a better bike commuting vest.

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    1. I would never shy away from a challenge! It seemed a good idea to put an inside pocket in there because she likes to stash things.
      Taking out the elastic sounds like a good idea, looking forward to seeing your next one.

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  3. The inside is just as beautiful as the outside! Such great interior details, the heart is super sweet :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I have the added bonus of having used some of my stash fabric (I'm working hard to clear a little space on my shelf - for more fabric obviously!)

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  4. So cozy and nice! And that inner welt pocket is AWESOME. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Inder! I am getting the hang of these welt pockets now, it took a few attempts but I am happy to do them rather than being apprehensive. I like this pattern, it is a good basic.

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  5. I bought this pattern and cut it out, now I can't find the directions. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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