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Sew a cozy draped front "waterfall" vest from Polar Fleece (with no edge finishes!)

Ann Siegle

This crazy-fast sewing gift is perfect for someone special on your list! 

We're working with the Drape Vest & Jacket from Christine Jonson Patterns in this video. The vest and jacket come in two sizes: 1 for SM and M and 2 for L and XL - any adjustments up or down can come at the side seams and under the arms very easily! In the video, we show how we made this a 2XL size by simply cutting the side seams of the vest fronts and backs with a wider side seam. You'd add the same to the sleeve edges if you were making sleeves, say, out of ponte, for this vest.

We're making this vest from red grid-textured Polartec from Mill Yardage in MA. Mill Yardage is the sister company to the folks that make the official Polartec fleece, the best fleece in the world! This grid texture red has a shorter pile grid side and a fluffier gridded fleece side. Both sides show on this vest, so choose fabrics that look good on both sides.

Because this fleece does not have stretch (Lycra) in it, we aren't making the sleeves. The sleeves on this jacket are slim fitting, long and scrunchable at the wrist, so you need a fabric with enough stretch to wear them. But the vest can be made from ANY knit fabric - including fancy fabrics like this fleece or faux-suede-backed faux sherpa too!

If your fabric ravels on the edge, you will need to bind, serge or otherwise finish all the edges. But the fleece does not ravel, and cut with a rotary cutter (which we recommend), it's a super simple and clean finish that looks fabulous. This vest is also perfect in Ponte knit, rayon-lycra jersey knit or printed/striped ITY type knit fabrics too. A single jersey will roll on the edges, whereas ITY or Ponte will lay flat. 

drape vest waterfall vest sewing pattern

Drape Vest Sew Along How-To Video (we sew this entire vest during the video!)