We are finally getting some relief from the heat…although last week it was a whopping 80+ degrees…IN NOVEMBER!!! But I will gladly take this cooler weather upon us now! What makes it especially enjoyable are the new Oakley and Acorn vests I made!
I was lucky enough to get my hands on this amazing Bonded Llama Cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics. It was the best fabric mail day EVER! And what’s even better…discovering that it was machine washable and dryable! The llama cuddle is so fluffy and the micro-suede has smooth, soft feel! However, truth be told, I’ve never worked with fur before. I was terrified to cut into it! Then I (actually) read the pattern instructions where tips are provided for cutting into fur and sherpa (who knew reading the instructions could make all the difference!!!)! 😉
I didn’t have a craft knife, so I very carefully cut through only the back layer with scissors. I made tiny little cuts along the pattern outline. You want only cut through the backing so that your fur doesn’t look like your three year old took scissors to it! After cutting I pulled the fabric apart.
The versions I made during testing were View A since I had this gorgeous llama/micro-suede to work with. Since it was lined with micro-suede already, I didn’t have to worry about lining the vest. As the pattern suggested, I trimmed the seam allowances along the neck, front, hem and armscyse. After I sewed the shoulders and side seams, I realized that I could make the vest reversible if I trimmed down the seam allowances (the fluff would cover the seams so I didn’t have to be 100% accurate). This is a big bonus for an indecisive 5 year old fashionista!!!
Oakley and Acorn also come with two other views: View B is a vest with patch pockets and zipper; View C features princess seams with inseam pockets along that seam. Both View B and C have options for collar or hood. View A does have an option for lining the vest if your faux fur doesn’t come already lined.
So are you in love yet? Now through Tuesday (11/21-11/28) you can grab the Oakley and Acorn patterns individually or grab them as a bundle for the release price!! These patterns will quickly become staples in your winter wardrobe – whether you’re using them for warmth or just as a cute outer layer!
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