How many times can one say “so” in a video? Many, many times. So many, I lost count… Nonetheless, the videos were filmed and I even figured out how to edit them together!
I originally planned to have an old-fashioned sew along, the one that takes you step-by-step and shows you photos along the way, but I decided against it. It seems like it may not be too different from instructions. Whereas a video can show you more tips and tricks and help along the way. It also allows me to talk awkwardly at you.
For the Heart Vest I used Maike Solid French Terry and matching ribbing. I used the wrong side of the french terry as the Heart. For the Bear Face Vest I used Brushed Heathered Sweatshirt in sage and matching ribbing. I used the wrong side of Brushed Heathered Sweatshirt in Ecru for bear’s face and ears.
I recommend choosing fabrics with at least 25% stretch for the vest. It means that 4″ (10cm) of the fabric width-wise should stretch to 5″ (10.7cm). Quite often the store where you buy fabrics will list the percentage of stretch for you.
What if the fabric you chose doesn’t have enough stretch? You may have noticed that the sweatshirting fabric I chose for the bear face applique only has a 5-10% stretch. This still worked well because I used ribbing fabric for the neckband, which has a 100% stretch. Because parts of the neckline are cut on the bias and with stretchier ribbing, it all works out. So, if you have a not so stretchy fabric in mind, chose a different, much stretchier fabric for neck, armhole and hem bands.
I have divided the videos in three – there is a separate video for the heart applique, bear face applique and the construction of the vest body. They are long and detailed. I filmed them at the same speed as I was making them. I hope you find it useful!
Heart Applique Step-by-Step Video
Bear Face Applique Step-by-Step Video
Body of the Vest Step-by-Step Video
As these are my first videos, please let me know what you think! I plan to have videos for every pattern I release and I want you to have a good experience with them so I would love some feedback.
At the same time, if there are other tricks or techniques you may want to see a video of, please let me know as well. It doesn’t have to be my pattern, any pattern you have questions with, let me know and I will do my best in trying to help out.