KCW Day 3 & 4 – Knit Baby Vest

Well I woke up sick yesterday and nearly threw in the towel on Kids Clothes Week, but I’m chugging along slowly just to see what I can get done.  I started out with a possible 6ish projects for this week and that list has quickly dwindled to two.  If I can finish two things, I’ll be psyched. 

Neither of my daughters really need any new clothes.  Yuki’s drawers are overflowing and Kaya’s are too, plus she grows out of everything so fast.  So naturally I was drawn to the least practical thing ever.

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But seriously cute, no?

It’s the Knit Vest from a Japanese sewing book, いちばんよくわかる赤ちゃんと小さな子の服 (Easy to Understand Baby and Little Kids Clothes).  You can see more pictures from the book in this post here.

Frankly, I surprised myself when I picked out a project from a Japanese sewing book.  I have so many that sit on my shelf, usually passed up for a more user-friendly PDF pattern in English.  But it was calling to me, so I just went with it.  Since my kids don’t actually NEED anything, I might as well use this as an opportunity to practice new sewing skills.

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The fabric is a really loose sweater knit that I’ve had in my stash for a long time.  Really soft and comfy, but very tricky to sew with.  Definitely helped to use the walking foot for this one.  And I couldn’t get my buttonhole foot to work on the thick layers of folded knit, so I had to do some zig zag hackery on that buttonhole.  The tricky fabric made this a little difficult to sew up and honestly, it’s not my finest work (don’t look too closely at my stitches!), but really, who is going to notice?  Especially when it’s on this little one!

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BAM!  Bet you don’t even notice the vest at all now, huh?  She makes me feel all gooey. 

Haha.  Anyways, the pattern itself was fairly straight forward and easy enough to figure out with all the great diagrams and tips I learned during the Japanese Sewing Book Series.

I made size 70 which, according to the book, is for 3-10 months and 65-75 cm in height.  That’s a little bigger than Kaya is, so I assumed it was going to be too big for her.  It fits her, but is still a little big thankfully, so she can wear it for . . . I dunno, two more days maybe!?  (they grow so fast!)

BabyVest4It was fun making something for Kaya.  She’s wearing practically all hand-me-downs, so it feels good giving her something that was made just for her.  But seriously, after I sewed on that tiny detailed lil pocket, I couldn’t help but ask, “what the heck does a 4 month old need with a pocket!?

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Alright, I’m off to the Kids Clothes Week site to figure out how to upload my first project!  Then maybe I’ll make a shirt for my other daughter.  And then sleep.

Ahh yes, sleeeeep.

How’s your week going!?

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