Cool hooded vest

Spring has come to Australia. While the sun is nice and warm, the wind can still be chilly. Days are getting longer and warmer, but nights are still cool.

Little Monkey and I love going to playgrounds and parks. Her denim Little Red Riding Hood jacket still fits just fine, but I wanted to make her something else. She is an adventurous little girl, and her clothes needs to be washed often. She needed something that could be layered, something that would shield her from the wind but would not be too hot to wear in the sun. I loved the vests that Suz and Jen made for their daughters. They both used The Woolen Vest, a free pattern by Little Kiwis Closet. I thought a little vest like that would be perfect for our early spring!

So, While she was sleeping, I made a hooded vest for my Little Monkey.


Gotta love a garment that can be sewn in one night and warn the next day!

I used fleece for the outer layer and quilting cotton for lining. Large wooden buttons completed the look. 




Little Monkey chose fabric for the lining and was happy to show it off during the photo-shoot. When we returned home Little Monkey didn't want to take her new vest off. We had pizza for dinner that night, and it was fun watching Little Monkey flick crumbs off her vest, she tried her best to keep in clean!



I love the hemline, the rounded edges and the shape of the hood. Lydia has done a terrific job designing this pattern. It was a fun quick sew, and the result is funky, practical and comfortable. This is a perfect vest for active little monkeys.





Thank you Lydia for sharing this wonderful pattern with the sewing community!

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36 comments

  1. It looks great - I might have to bookmark that pattern for Elena :)

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I think it will look fab on Elena - perfect for chasing chickens ;)

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  2. It looks fabulous, perfect for our British autumn too :D

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    1. Thank you Kate! I have a plan to use this pattern for something for summer... But shhhh!!!

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  3. Gorgeous :) It's a great feeling when they love their handmade clothes so much isn't it? ;)

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  4. Adorable vest! I think I have to try this pattern also. :)

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  5. Nice! Need to go and make one myself!

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    1. Would be cool to see it :) I think I like the word cool haha

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  6. Aw, cute vest! I love your red fleece with wooden buttons, such a pretty combo! I want to sew one too, thanks for the link to the pattern!

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    1. Thank you Annie. Red is my fave colour, and I could not go past those buttons!

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  7. Cute!! I'll have to go check that pattern out. We are always in need of layering around here.

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    1. Thanks Suz. Emily looked so cute in hers I had to make one for LM :)

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  9. This is such an adorable vest! Ella may need one just like for this Fall. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Ah my Missy would love that vest too! Looks perfect for autumn and these active little girls . And an easy sew ! Will check it out!

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    1. I hope she will love it if you decide to make one :)

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  11. The buttons add such a nice texture to it! Great job.

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    1. Thank you! My husband said it almost looked store bought, but bright lining and large buttons gave away the fact it was handmade - I am glad they did hehe

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  12. Oh, I love it, thank you for the lovely mention, and I love your vest and your little monkey looks very comfortable in it.

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    1. Thank you for making your work available to us sewaholics Lydia :)

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  13. Looks fabulous with the fleece on the outside and the patterned fabric inside. Perfect for the weather we are having now.

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    1. September is even 'funnier' in Vic Pam! We go from 20 to 12-14, from sun to rain and cold wind, from warm nights to overnight frost... But Spring is definitely here :) Well, at least most days hehe

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  14. It's lovely - and I'm pinning that pattern right away!

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  15. Hi Jenya, love your vest. I made one for my son for his sisters fancy dress party. You can check it our here: http://sewitsherry.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/medieval-fancy-dress-party.html
    I would love it if you would follow me too.
    Sherry x

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    1. Sherry, you have done an absolutely fabulous job with all the costumes!

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  16. What a great pattern. I bet LM will get tonnes of wear out of this. I'll with Stacey - I'l like one for me too :)

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  17. That last photo is perfect! I love how little monkey has her tongue out...my kids do that too :) And the vest looks great!

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    1. Thank you for normalising my experience Teresa haha LM's friend drew a picture of her as a present once, and she drew her with the tongue out, because "LM has her tongue out a lot" hahaha

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