I was initially drawn to this vest because it is reversible. It also has an oversized hood, perfect for the cold snowy days we are having lately. The open-welt pockets are a unique feature as well. I had been hanging on to this beautiful plaid flannel--I bought it to use for a Christmas outfit for Colin, which didn't happen--and it seemed like a perfect match for this vest. I was nervous about getting my stripes lined up across the front zipper, but it ended up matching perfectly.
I just love the texture of quilted garments!
Probably the hardest part of this project was sourcing the zipper. Apparently, reversible separating zippers are a specialty item. Who knew? I could only find a 16 inch zipper, so that meant my husband got to attack it with his tools. There are plenty of tutorials all over the internet for shortening zippers. He removed the stoppers at the top, removed the extra zipper teeth, and replaced the stoppers at the right length. That sounds a little bit easier than it actually was.
Are you ready for lots of adorable pictures of the boy in his super cool vest? He was pretty excited about it when I showed him the finished product and wanted to put it on immediately. His outfit doesn't match at all, but his little face is just precious.