I’m so excited to share this free dragon vest pattern with you all today! Being the littlest brother, this guy is often regulated to the villain category, and more often than not, I find him chasing his knightly brothers. When the lovely folks at Lillestoff asked me to choose some fabric and create a project highlighting their fabrics, this organic cotton Drachenhaut fabric practically jumped into my cart. I knew this guy needed a dragon vest to help him play the part. and since he wanted this to look as realistic as possible, the dragon “spikes” were mandatory.
Do you have a dragon fan in your home? This simple, hooded vest is perfect for playing the part or, simply leave the spikes off and play with different fabric prints for an all together different look.
It will be a while until we see real Fall temperatures around here, so I went with a hooded vest instead of a full-on hoodie. This little guy is always on the warm side and with the super, cozy blue and green striped lining fabric, he’ll be wearing this through the winter.
I went with a simple, button tab closure so he can easily take this off and on whether he’s outside playing or playing during Kindergarten. Do you have a dragon fan on your own? It’s easier than you think.
– FREE 5/6T Dragon Vest Pattern
– 1.5 yards Drachenhaut fabric (comes in blue, green or orange)
– 1.5 yards of contrast fabric for lining (I used blue and green stripes)
– 1 button
– scrap of fusible interfacing
– 100% wool felt scraps
After cutting your pattern pieces, start by prepping the dragon spikes and button tab. Place two felt triangles together, using a 1/8 inch seam allowance, stitch around two edged of each triangle pair.
Place the button tab pieces, right sides together ans sew around three sizes of the rectangle, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Clip the corners, turn right side out, press and top stitch.
With ride sides facing, sandwich the felt spikes between the two outer hood pieces, spacing them evenly and making sure to leave an inch free at the beginning and end of the hood. Pin and sew, using a 1/2 inch seam. Trim the edge of each spike to reduce the seam bulk. Turn right side out and press well.
Place the front and back bodice pieces, right sides together. Pin at the shoulder seam ans sew, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press the seam open.
Line up the raw edges of the middle of the hood with the middle of the back piece, right sides together and pin. Pin each hood edge to the front edge of each front bodice piece, then continue pinning from the back, alternating sides. Sew with a 1/2 inch seam. Press the seam toward the hood.
Pin and sew the side seams. Then repeat the process (minus the spikes) for the lining pieces.
With right sides together, place the vest lining over the vest main fabric and pin around the entire outside edge. Place the button tab 1 inch under the hood opening, sandwiched in between the two layers, matching raw edges.
Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew around the outside edge. Back stitch at the beginning and end, and eave a 5 inch space for turning. Turn the vest right side out, press, and top stitch the edge, making sure to press the open seam under.
To “hem” the sleeve openings, Fold and press the lining, wrong sides together, then the main fabric. This will leave the fabric, right side together. Pin together.
Top stitch around the outside edge of each arm hole.
Sew the button hole and attach your button and voila!
Your little one is now ready to romp and stomp around the forest in style!
Grab the FREE pattern here.
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