Misha Vest pattern has been long in the making… Too long! I started on it in October of 2019, and it was mostly finished by the end of December 2019, but I was paralyzed with self-doubt and worry to finally release it. It took me five months to finally talk myself into releasing it and stop worrying about all the things that go with the imposter syndrome. It’s still scary, but it is also so exciting! Without further ado, welcome Misha!
The idea of the vest came about when the temperature dipped, yet it was not cold enough to put a warm sweater on Zoe. The vest was just right! And with the little amount of fabric that the vest takes up, it made for a perfect scrap buster project.
View A of the vest has a simple heart applique. It is very easy to make and it adds a little something to the final look of the vest. You can really use almost any scraps for the heart! Just make sure they are machine washable and won’t shrink in the wash. I really enjoy the look of plaid flannel or the underside of the main fabric as the heart.
View B of the vest has a bear face applique. It is more involved, but most of the applique is assembled before it is attached to the vest, so if you mess something up you can easily start on the applique again without wasting the fabric on the rest of the vest. My favourite part of the bear face applique is its ears – they are lined and stick out from the rest of the vest.
One word of caution on using sherpa for the bear face. It is possible and I have done it before, but it was so finicky to work with! Sherpa is quite thick and small eye and nose pieces move around quite a bit on it, making it hard to sew them on. I found that the underside of sweatshirting or fleece have almost the same effect as sherpa! And they are much cheaper, which is a bonus.
The Misha Vest is classified as advanced beginner, however if you are not planning to attempt the bear face applique this is a great pattern for a beginner sewist.
If you are still worried about making your own Misha Vest, I got you. I will be uploading step-by-step, real-time videos of me making each version of the vest. You will be able to see how I go through each step of assembly and I am sure it will help you with your first vest.
I am so excited to finally release this pattern! I am also excited that I am now able to concentrate on the other patterns I have been working on and start releasing those as well.
As this is my first pattern release, I welcome and encourage any feedback, in particular pertaining to the operation of the website and shop, that you can provide. I want to make sure each of you gets the best experience I can provide with both your shopping and your sewing!
Here is to Misha! You can get your own version of the pattern here.