flip vest pattern testing and giveaway!

i know you all know how much i adore pattern testing – i learn something every time i do it, i feel like i’m able to help fellow bloggers out, and it’s just a neat way to see other people’s processes. so of course when dana of MADE emailed me asking if i could test her newest pattern, i jumped at the chance.

flip vest for a little guy

i’m pretty sure dana’s blog is the first blog i found that helped me discover the world of modern sewing 4 years ago, and it’s an absolute must-read. she covers lots of different crafty topics (in addition to sewing), has a fresh, clean aesthetic, beautiful photography, and a lighthearted attitude that makes her just so fun to follow. i admire what dana has built so much, and was so flattered she asked me to test this pattern for her! i really enjoyed the process and bouncing ideas off each other as i sewed.

flip vest for a little guy

the pattern is called the flip vest – a cozy little vest for babies and kids that’s perfect for layering as we head out of winter and into spring. O has gotten so much use out of his vest already – it’s been under a coat on cooler days, over a light sweater on warmer ones…it’s really a fantastic transitional piece (i’ve got plans to make one for Em to wear on the playground too!).

flip vest for a little guy

last Friday, we happened to have the most gorgeous day – and the little fella grabbed his “noculars” to head out for a walk. i had actually taken different photos of the vest already on a more typical overcast february day, but the sunshine definitely called for a reshoot.

flip vest for a little guy

the flip vest is designed to be reversible if you use velcro, though i made mine button up so i could show off the essex yarn dyed black linen which i’ve now decided is my favorite fabric of all time. inside is a dark olive green micro fleece from Joann, and the rib knit is cream (also from Joann). this pattern is a very quick sew and takes very little fabric, which i love.

one of my notes to Dana was to see if binding the armholes with a sort of bias bound method would work and she was totally open to it, so i tried that and it ended up in the final pattern as one of two armhole finishing options. you probably should use a walking foot if you do this, as the fabrics get a bit thick all together, but i think it gives you a really nice finish.

flip vest for a little guy

i sewed this vest in a 2/3T, and the width came out great but it’s just a tad bit long on 2-year-old O – Dana shortened the length from what you see here in the final pattern. his sweater underneath is this sailboat top made last year, which fits perfectly now!

flip vest for a little guy

don’t you think the vest looks sort of old timey with the linen and buttons? it’s like i’ve already got the “There Will Be Blood” film petit halfway done. ha!

flip vest for a little guy

okay, so how about a giveaway??

flip vest for a little guy

Dana has generously offered THREE flip vest patterns from her pattern shop for me to give away – that’s three different winners! you may not fully realize how much you need this pattern, but you DO. you NEED it. it comes in size 6m – 5T and i can see it becoming a wardrobe staple for both of my kids – a fun and easy gift to make for others, too (did you see Delia’s versions? adorable).

to enter the giveaway:

  • leave a comment, any comment. i’m feeling ready for spring these days, so if you need an idea of what to write, how about telling me your favorite flower!
  • giveaway is open until friday, feb 22 at 5pm PST.
  • make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment.
  • i’ll pick three winners on friday and put you in touch with Dana to receive your pattern.

good luck!

*giveaway is now closed and the three winners, Maryna, Ivana, and Stacey, have been emailed.  thanks to all who entered and happy sewing!*

P.S. did you see Dana and Rae are joining forces for Celebrate the Boy again starting next week?! soooo fun. can’t wait. i’m always in need of some good boy sewing inspiration.


173 thoughts on “flip vest pattern testing and giveaway!

  1. Melissa says:

    I am with you on the value of vests….totally necessary layer piece as we move into Spring and my 4 have outgrown theirs from last year! And one of my favorite flowers are the crocus….up here in Gloucester, MA they are the troopers of spring as they pop up out of the ground with little snow helmets! 🙂 thanks for the review and chance to win!

  2. Lori says:

    Love the vest! Thanks for the giveaway. And, since you asked, my favorite flowers are peonies – they were in full bloom when we moved into our new house a few years ago, so they have a special place in my heart. Happy (almost) spring!

  3. Kelly says:

    I love that fabric too, I have it in black and blue- it’s a great choice for this vest! I would love to make these for my daughters and for my nephew as well, thanks for the giveaway! And moving into spring my favorite flowers are peonies 🙂

  4. Nathalie B. says:

    I’d love to try this vest pattern !
    And my favorite flower is probably daffodils, one of the first to come to us in Spring.

  5. Ashley says:

    LOVE! I have the cutest niece that would love a trendy vest. (You can check her out in some of my designs on dear Fav’s facebook page.) I would love to add a vest to her collection of things I’ve made her. xoxo Ash

  6. Rae says:

    Aww!! O looks totally cute! Great pattern review, and I *heart* Essex linen too — made a pair of pants for E out of that exact stuff. Love it!


  7. Cindy says:

    The vest looks great…the armhole binding is a perfect finishing touch! I wish my kids would wear vests as I agree that they make a great transitional piece.:)

    btw, no reason you can’t make it reversible with buttons too.;)

  8. :: stoffbüro :: says:

    What a pretty version you made of the flip west! Although I can’t tell you much about flowers except from the fact that I definitely NEED spring – I would love to win the pattern!

  9. emilia says:

    My tulips & narcissi are popping like crazy! I live in northern California, and spring has sprung!

    Rubberduckywon at gmail

    These would make great spring vests.

    Thanks bunches!

  10. Sue De Angelo says:

    I have two grand boys I sew for and love the color options of the flip vest and would love to try it.

    Sent from my iPad

  11. lecsmiscellany says:

    I reeeaallyyy like this one, Kristin. I was wondering what fabrics I could use to make it a little dressier and I love your combo for this one– it looks amazing! Both warm and stylish. I love it!
    (I also enjoyed following your links back to revisit when you made the sailboat top, then Jessica’s pr&p look.)
    I can’t wait to see your vest for Em 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Jane says:

    I love your version!! I am really itching to give this pattern a try! would love to win!! I love all of the flowers of Spring…it’s hard to pick just one…i love crocus b/c they are the very first brave ones…but i am also partial to those violets when they start to pop up everywhere 😉

  13. Dagny says:

    Love your version of the flip vest! I’m really gonna have to get some of that linen. I’m seeing it everywhere and it goes with everything. I’d love to win a copy of this pattern.

  14. kitty says:

    Cool vest! A puffy vest is always part of my kid’s mud-season wardrobe, but I’d love to sew this one up in wool for something a little more polished!

  15. Joy says:

    I love the little Spring Beauties that blanket the ground. Thanks for all your beautiful work and generous giveaway!
    Joy [at] toolboy [dot] net

  16. Niki says:

    Super cute vest! That fabric is seriously awesome. And hydrangeas are my favorite. They made for a great bridal bouquet 10 years ago with little roses interspersed!

  17. susan says:

    I love your blog. I’m going to be a grandmother in August, and its never too early to start the sewing. This vest would be a perfect addition to the lineup I have planned:)

  18. Jelle Van der Linden says:

    My favorite flowers are Tulips, for their simplicity and Peonies for their complexity 🙂
    Still cold in Belgium, so another vest for my little boy is more than welcome … Already have a fabric in mind 😉

  19. naii says:

    my favorite flower is magnolia, now here in spain we may see a lot of magnolias in the street. this vest seems to be a basic pattern to sew. Those buttons look great!

  20. Louise says:

    So Cute! It is a great pattern and would be perfect for the autumn weather we are about to have down under in Australia. Favourite flower? Sweet Pea

  21. Lisa says:

    I love the new vest, and great sizing so I can make one for each of my three little chicks. We are in Summer here in Australia, but Spring is my favourite season, it’s warm but not hot and we have some spectacular flowers around our house that bloom. Walking to school we past so many old houses that the owners are obviously more green-thumb than me and the smells amazing.

  22. Jeifner says:

    Oh, fun. I’m always looking for new patterns to test out on my nephew. As for spring I love lilacs. The smell is so gorgeous. Since they don’t cut well I just have to enjoy them outside, which is nice as well 🙂

  23. deborah k. says:

    I would love to win this pattern – I just learned I’m going to be a grandma to twins, I need to start sewing. thanks, love your blog Kristin

  24. Jade says:

    I have a vintage quilted floral bedspread that would make an awesome vest – and is very springy. Which will help me feel a bit better about heading into autumn!

  25. kim says:

    Non-sewer that I am, I’m not counting this as an entry in the giveaway BUT I had to leave a comment: cute photos, cute vest, cute BOY! So glad I got to see O rocking the vest in person. And so, so glad I got to see you! 🙂

  26. Max says:

    Errr was that a film petit hint there?! Dana was my first DIY mumma blogger that I stumbled upon and o.m.g. I doubt I would be right here commenting here if it weren’t for her. I wouldn’t have discovered how fun sewing for little kids is! WAY faster than sewing for myself, and I’m an impatient girl!

    The flip vest is ADORABLE. and it’s almost auuuutummmmnnn here!

  27. la inglesita says:

    WOW! I can´t resist a vest in linen. I´d never have thought of using linen, it´s smart, casual and just brilliant. I love it Kristin.

    PS Favourite flower? it´s been the geranium lately in all different fabrics


  28. Karina says:

    What a great giveaway! My fav flower would have to be crocuses…here in Ontario they flower in early spring, sometimes just as the snow is melting away. They’re a wonderful preview of what’s to come! 🙂

  29. Penny says:

    LOVE the vest! So (sew) will my grandkids!
    Love all flowers but LOVE bleeding hearts – more of a bush than flower, though.
    Have a great day and thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Bridget says:

    Love this little vest and have twin nieces it would be fun to make them for! Love! Oh and did I mention that I LOVE this.

  31. The Needle Of Choice says:

    I’m new-ish to sewing and I love your blog. And, a give-away to start with for me! Great 🙂
    My favourite flower is a ‘passiflora’. I don’t know whether that’s correct in English, it’s a Dutch word. But that’s the one!

  32. Megan says:

    I love the vest you made your boy! It is adorable! I love roses, and lilacs! Pretty much any flower, really. I also love Dana’s patterns! equest2005 at woh dot rr dot com

  33. Rhonda says:

    This is such a versatile pattern and would be fantastic for my twin girls I have the perfect spring fabric in my stash I think it is a Northcott flower of the month and is beautiful brightly coloured hollyhocks!

  34. Alicia says:

    I would love, love, love this pattern!! My favorite flowers are Sunflowers and Lilys! 🙂
    I have 2 little ones that could use a vest or two:)

  35. Kylie C says:

    I love roses and they aren’t nearly as fussy as people think they are (the same with orchids). I grew up in Portland, OR and was spoiled with weekly trips to the Int’l Rose Test Gardens during the summer!

  36. Tara says:

    Those buttons are just to die for! I love that they end a little higher than their waist to let the bigger bellies have a little room! Just perfect for a toddler! I have three littles that could all use a vest. Thanks for the chance!

  37. Nancy says:

    Your version of the vest looks cute and comfy on O! I would love a chance to win this pattern and try out for my two little ones (fall/winter is coming up on this side of the world so it would be perfect timing)! Thanks so much:)

  38. Cristi says:

    I love planting giant sunflowers. I planted them for a couple of years and then my husband loved them so much he took over. I love the giant ones because they can grow taller than I am. Amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Estelle says:

    I’m contemplating saying goodbye to summer here in Cape Town as the nights are noticeably getting longer. But, we’ve planted sweetpea seeds so am looking forward to those growing and being able to pick and enjoy in a few months’ time. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

  40. Claire Corry says:

    How gorgeous my boys could really do with one, especially as it’s just getting arctic like cold here. Love your version

  41. Barus says:


    You know …. “And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.” … ( William Wordsworth )

    I love the poem, I love the flowers!

  42. Maryna says:

    My baby just turned 6 month and she is ready for the vest, plus it’s gonna be perfect for spring :-). I also love tulips and peonese!

  43. shopme2 says:

    My favorite flower is cayena. I guess it’s so called hibiscus. We used to have cayenas in our backyard, pink and white, covering along the fence. It was always wonderful to watch at all those delicates spots on top of the green leaves. It would be a great idea for colors in a vest for my daughter… just recalling.

  44. Jennifer says:

    I love linen so much… I think my favorite flower is the rose, but not a big, fancy, over-blown roses–just the little wild-type roses.

  45. chole says:

    adorable! I want tomake these for my boys and line them with some cute patterns that I wouldn’t normally use in clothing. it would be like a little secret between us.

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