I recently joined up with Go To Patterns (affiliate link) to become one of their Brand Ambassadors – which means that I get to regularly sew up patterns from designers that I love! Since I own a number of patterns that are already featured on the site, I thought that my first review should be from a company that is completely new to me: Waffle Patterns. Because it looks as if fall may never arrive here (it’s the middle of October and it’s still almost 90 here), I decided to sew a great transitional wardrobe piece, the Dropje Vest.
This pattern not only features a hood, but also a front zip, side pockets, and neckline darts that add interest to your final design (unfortunately, this design element gets a bit lost in my fabric choice which has a lot of texture). Even though the pattern calls for a jacket style exterior, I went with a quilted double knit material instead – not only was it the right weight for this project (medium weight), it looks on trend with what I’ve been seeing in stores lately too.
Before I talk specifically about the Dropje vest, I want to take a step back and say how much I love Waffle Patterns for making their designs so easy to print. While most PDF files have you print all the sizes, Waffle Patterns layer their PDF files so all you need to do is click on the size you need (be sure to also click on the labels as well otherwise putting your pattern together may be more difficult) in Adobe and you’re set! There was no guesswork as to if I was cutting on the correct size because there was only one size I needed to cut – easy!
The Dropje pattern pieces went together easily – everything lined up nicely and the pocket, while it looks complicated when finished, was the easiest exterior pocket that I’ve ever sewn! The instructions are clear and very concise (they are not detailed, but they have all the information that you need included) with great illustrations that support each step (I will say that I used the illustrations more than what I used the actual text).
As for the fit, I think it’s spot on. When I measured myself, I was in between two sizes so I went with the smaller one after looking at the final jacket dimensions (I wanted a more fitted look, plus I figured that since I was using a knit, I would have a bit of give if I needed it). Overall, I can definitely see getting a lot of use out of this one until it gets cold enough for heavier jackets. This pattern is rated as “intermediate” and I would definitely stick by that since there are lots of darts, facings, and a zipper to insert. I think an “advanced beginner” could tackle this – just be prepared to take your time while sewing.
As we were taking pictures, what appeared to be a large bug (which turned out to be some sort of beetle…. alright a ladybug) came flying toward my face…. right at the moment this picture was snapped. This may actually become my Facebook profile picture since it seems like an appropriate look for Halloween!