I received a free copy of the final pattern in return for testing the Ozark vest. This blog contains affiliate links. All views, as always my own!
When Wardrobe By Me put out a call for testers for their new pattern, it was perfect timing. Recently my boyfriend Jacob had been thinking about getting a gilet for the winter months to go over some overshirts and cosy jumpers so this seemed like a great opportunity for me to make him something new, which we both get a lot of joy from!
Wardrobe By Me have a great range of menswear patterns and I especially love the Tropical Shirt which I’ve made for Jacob before. The fit and instructions are excellent and the pattern was really satisfying to sew, so I immediately signed up for the Ozark vest test.
I have to admit I was a bit intimidated when receiving the pattern files. The Ozark has a lot of facings and top stitching, as well as a pretty specific fabric requirement of a quilted nylon lining (I could quilt my own, but let’s face it I won’t!).
However I approached it methodically and was so glad I went for it, because it turned out great!
The vest is intended for heavier outer fabrics such as a canvas or corduroy. I found this cord in my local market stall and loved the autumnal colour. I bought the pre-quilted nylon in A Boeken in Amsterdam and was surprised by A how many were available and B how reasonably priced it was!
Ozark has facings on the armhole, hem and front which I particularly like, as it makes the vest so neat. They were easy to construct and honestly a more arduous part was the top stitching (but luckily I really like top stitching, especially with a walking foot which makes it easier!
The rib knit neckline was also easier to add than I thought, as was the metal zipper. By following the instructions step by step it came together really well and the final finish is lovely.
I enjoyed the testing process and Christina even took my feedback about the construction on board and changed the instructions as a result, which I thought showed how much WBM value their testers. It felt really good to be able to contribute to the pattern and made the make feel even more special!
Jacob is usually an L in WBM patterns (he’s broad shouldered, slim at the hips and 6 ft 1) but for this pattern I would recommend sizing up.
And the final verdict? Jake LOVES the vest and so do I. It’s a great layering piece under a jacket and looks as great with a hoodie as with over an overshirt. I will definitely be making this again, not least because his brothers and Dad have hinted how much they like it too…..!
Fancy trying your own Ozark Shirt? You can find the link here, and if you use my link I get a little commission too 🙂