Friday, 5 July 2013

.Hero Vest.

Mama's and grandmothers of boys...I've got a new boy pattern for you today! I know how tricky it can be so sew for boys (especially for older ones) and I hope my newest pattern will put a smile on your face!

Introducing HERO VEST:
A hood + zipper + pockets = three necessities that will ensure your boy's clothing gets the big tick of approval. 
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The Hero Vest is made for those little heroes in your life - the ones that can so easily make you forget all of their mischief and madness with a cheeky smile or a squeezy hug!
A quick cover-up for chillier days, the Hero Vest is ultra comfortable, featuring ribbed binding on the hood, waistband, pocket openings and armholes - allowing you plenty of options to include lots of fun colour combinations!
With the exterior made from either woven or knit fabric, you've got plenty of fabric options to explore. And the snugly polar fleece lining will ensure your boy will always stay toasty and warm.
Perfect for grabbing as you run out of the door, the Hero Vest will save you in the case of unpredictable weather!
The Hero Vest has been a big winner with my two older boys. Tommy (my cute model only requiring a Kinder Surprise as payment!) has a couple of them now and wears them over and over again. He is a skinny little thing and really feels the cold so loves having an extra layer and the snugly hood to put on when it is very cold or raining outside. Oscar wears shorts and a t-shirt all year 'round. Crazy kid! But I did make him a Hero Vest just to test the waters and he tells me that he will happily wear it over his tshirt! I'll get some pics soon to share.
As a Mother of three boys, I understand just how difficult it can be to sew "cool" clothing for them. Fabric choice alone is tricky enough, but sourcing patterns can be a killer. I try really hard to think about the functionality of all of the patterns I create and want them to be items of clothing that you or your kids will wear over and over again - I definitley think the Hero Vest will be a well-loved wardrobe staple.

If you've never sewn with knits before, don't despair. You can choose to sew the exterior of the vest using woven cotton fabric or a knit fabric. The vest in these photos was sewn using a quilting cotton. It is lined with polar fleece and the binding is made using stretch ribbing which is super easy to use as you just stretch it to fit as you sew. You don't need anything more than your basic sewing machine to have success with this pattern. I'll share photos of some of the other vests I've made in the next week or so to give you and idea what they look like sewn up in different fabric combos. And even though the pattern is targeted at boys, it also makes an awesome vest for girls too! (Those lucky girls can pretty much wear anything!)
Hero Vest is avaliable in two size ranges: Little Hero Vest for sizes 0-5 and Big Hero Vest for sizes 6-10. It can also be purchased as an Instant Download PDF Pattern from my website or paper versions of the pattern will start hitting stores soon. Check out my list of stockists here.

If you would like to win a copy of Hero Vest, simply leave a comment on this blog post! 
 (Please make sure you leave an email address with your comment. Giveaway will close Thursday 11th July and winner will be drawn at random).


53 comments:

Melisa said...

Love the look of this! With 2 little boys this will definitely be a winner

Christine said...

What a great looking vest. I sew so much for my daughter and my son said to me two days ago - what are you going to make me? I felt bad. I would love to make him a special vest.

Ana e os Viraventos said...

As a mother of two boys I absolutely love this pattern! Thanks for the pattern and the giveaway. Ana

Laura said...

Vests are my new fav for my two gorgeous boys! I'd love to make this for them :-)

Lisa said...

would love to make this for my little guy - only negative about having a boy is the lack of 'cool' cute clothing for them. Thanks for thinking of us mummas with boys :P

AJ said...

Perfect for boys big and little! Looking forward to making one

Cheryl-Anne said...

Just today I was shopping for some more warm clothes for my two boys. I was able to buy a vest for my 2 year old but not my older son. Now I don't need to! Ill make him one instead. Thanks so much for another great pattern!

Tara Steen said...

Great pattern would love to make this for my two boys

Ange Moore said...

This is a great pattern - two boys in this house would love to wear one of these. Actually their sister probably would too!

Jody Herbert said...

Great vest! My son would love me to make him one or two of them. He loves anything with a hood and pockets are a must have too!

Michelle said...

Love love love it! And I'm sure my 2 boys will too. Keep the great patterns coming Toni!

Tas said...

That is a lovely pattern. So glad that it goes up to a size 10 for my boys.

VickiT said...

I love the vest and the model isn't too bad either. Tommy is just about the happiest kid that I know and I can't help but smile every time I see him. He is so cute. Vicki Travers

donna said...

I haven't made my boy clothes in years. This pattern is now at the top of my to do list. Can't wait to see what other fabrics you have made it in.

Caitlin - craftycrackpot said...

Would love to win as I'm always on the lookout for good clothes patterns for boys....

Little Gumnut said...

It looks fabulous and very unusual to see a hooded vest. Great colour choice!! I've got three girls but I can see them all wearing one of those!

sweeter than cupcakes said...

I've got two nephews that would love a vest like this. Great look!

Josh and Kirrily said...

This is a lovely vest for boys. I'd love to win a pattern as my 2 boys live in vests over winter, so they can do heaps of messy play and not have to worry about keeping their sleeves clean. I really like the styling of the pattern you have created. Kirrily

Rachael said...

Thanks! Both my little people will love this vest.

Kelly said...

This is so awesome Toni. I'd love to make one for my gorgeous nephew

Lauren Hannon said...

Great boy pattern. I love vest for boys

Nic said...

Where have you found the time to release a new pattern? Super mum. I'd love this for my boy. He might not wear it this winter, being only 11 weeks old, but he will for sure next winter.
nicp42@live.com.au

Anonymous said...

This pattern looks great! Would love to make some!
masha@durgerlan.nl

Jane from Lil Pip said...

Toni - it is a fantastic pattern would love to make this for Master 6, another boy who doesn't dress appropriately for the weather.

Kirstin C said...

I love it!! You have some of the cutest patterns! :)

Kirsten said...

Very inspiring pattern thank you Toni... A vest is one of the most useful things a little boy can own I think :)

Cath said...

Love it and can picture it in great fabric combos for farm boys, sports boys, city boys and country boys too. Would love to win a copy as can think of a couple of extended family members who would love this for their boys. thanks for doing great giveaways

knkaboodle@gmail.com

Rose said...

That looks like another great pattern, and perfect for an Auckland winter!

Clare said...

Love this - great for the boys for so many seasons :-)

Laura :) said...

Just perfect, can see this perfectly on my little boy and girl. Love it, love them being snuggly warm, but still be able to move around freely :)

Amy Grant said...

Toni, your creations are always so practical and wonderful!! And always so easy to follow :D I never have to improvise the assembly instructions, because yours always make sense :) It is vest season at the moment, well and truly, and this would be the perfect addition to my to-do list :)

bec said...

Miss 9 has agreed to try this, and have a baby nephew too, so would love to win a copy of either size.

MARYNAN said...

Thanks for the giveaway Toni, I would love to win a free Hero Vest Pattern. I have a five year old granddaughter and a four year old grandson. They would look so lovely in your vest pattern!!

Maryanne

Nähhexe said...

Mine, mine, mine. I love this and would definately have use for it!!! Thanks.

Kristie said...

I love the hero vest. It'd be perfect for both of my kids (6 year old girl and 4 year old boy). The circular pockets and middle panel on the hood are great details. I'd love to make a super colorful version with a contrast panel on the hood. Thanks!

Lynne said...

Fantastic. pattern will look great on my twin grandchildren - a boy and a girl. Looking forward to making two

Nicole said...

I absolutely LOVE this! Am a big fan of chucking a vest on kids.....will look fab on little girls too.
nicmitchell@me.com

Nicole said...

I absolutely LOVE this! Am a big fan of chucking a vest on kids.....will look fab on little girls too.
nicmitchell@me.com

Helen said...

This is a great pattern, I can imagine making quite a few!
hmtil74@me.com

Anonymous said...

The hero vest looks fab. I'm fairly new to the world of sewing and already addicted!! With 3 boys and 1 girl this will give me loads of opportunity to practice. Thanks.
penelope.shepherd@bigpond.com

Belinda said...

Ooh, just thinking of some lovely stash fabrics to make into Hero vests...! Great pattern!

Virginia said...

I love this pattern. I can't wait to make this for both my son and daughter. Perfect for our chilly mornings. vgrimsey@netspace.net.au

Amanda Bianchi said...

My own Master Six was beside when I read this post and immediately made a request for one. However I was told that I couldn't start making it until he could come with me to buy the fabric because,"I'm not little anymore Mum and I need cool clothes now!" Wasn't sure whether to be offended or laugh ;-)
Thanks for the great patterns!!
mabianchi@bigpond.com

Anonymous said...

Brilliant pattern, especially being suitable for woven fabrics too.

thekinastons@xtra.co.nz

Helen said...

Whoops, didn't mean to be anonymous, great pattern
thekinastons@xtra.co.nz

Tessa said...

I even have perfect fabric ready to go ;)

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