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My husband and I are avid hikers and are especially fond of fall and winter hikes. No bugs and cooler temps just make our time in the woods more pleasant and refreshing. But frequently when we go I have a pretty big complaint and that is “I need a wind breaker”. Every single time I have mentioned a wind breaker my husband’s response has been the same, “Well, make one”! My husband can attest, this conversation has repeated itself many times over the past couple of years.

Periodically I have searched around for a pattern that I thought might do and have actually sewed a couple of vests over the past year (not windbreakers though).  Then on January 1st it was announced the Sew Along and Sewing Contest fb group would be sewing a mini capsule with a layering theme for 8 weeks (#sswinsideout). I determined I would sew my mini capsule around the activity I do most; hiking and to finally sew a wind breaker! I purchased this Green Pepper pattern and gathered all my supplies.

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But it was not too long after gathering my supplies that Kennis of Itch to Stitch announced a pattern test for a new sleeveless vest and I decided to give it a go instead.

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I really loved the details of the vest such as front and back princess seams (can you say…easy fitting if need be), optional hood, wind guard flap, large pockets with flap, but especially loved the fact it was sleeveless! We live in a climate where a sleeveless windbreaker with a long sleeve or a sweater underneath can be worn most of the winter. It seemed like the most perfect layering piece!

I already had the perfect fabric as about one year ago I had been shopping at SR Harris in MN and had found their waterproof fabric section with so many lovely choices! The fabric I ended up purchasing that day was buried under roll upon roll of various other waterproof fabrics and an employee had to come and dig it out for me which took a bit. I am glad I was patient because the fabric turned out to be the perfect match for my Envigado Vest. It is 100% waterproof/windproof , lightweight, not stiff, with a very thin bonded layer of brushed fleece. And mustard. BONUS.

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Very lightweight and bonded.

The vest has details which keep it from being an afternoon sew but it is well worth the time spent. I graded mine between sizes 12 and 16.  With princess seams and grading it was easy peasy to get a perfect fit! As usual, Kennis makes the sewing process seem effortless, even on more difficult techniques, with detailed instructions and illustrations. And, of course she is always available to answer questions and help anyone who sews her patterns.

I am completely in love with this pattern made with this fabric.

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I want to make a hundred more in all kinds of fabric. Linen, denim, wool, so many ways to go. I have worn my vest every.single.day. since it was finished. Really, every day. I receive compliments each time I wear it. I have been ask to make one for someone’s wife. I want to make one for my daughter and my sister. I LOVE THIS PATTERN.

The vest is unlined so my contrast bonded fabric worked beautifully. I did finish all my inside seams with a hong kong finish in self fabric.

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I also lined my hood with self fabric. I always have been the sort to use contrast for this and that but this time, I felt the main fabric for all the extras was the way to go. I think it makes my vest look very professional.

You can get your own pattern by clicking here. I know you will love it as much as I do!

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