I had the pleasure of testing the Billie Vest (and Willa vest) from Laela Jeyne Patterns.
This is an outdoor vest that is made to be a little looser fit, so a sweatshirt can be worn underneath. There are many options for the vest (welt pockets, detachable hood, princess seams, and making it completely reversible).
My little one chose a giraffe faux fur for her lining. I quilted batting on hers, and because of the hood gusset, I wanted to add cute little giraffe ears on her hood.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to add ears to a hood with a gusset.
Draw out your pattern for the ear shape. Giraffes have a longer ear, but for other animals you could modify it to be pointed or wider. Here is the template for my little one’s giraffe ears.
Cut out a lining and a main piece. You may want to add interfacing, so the ears stand up.
Put them right sides together, and sew around the curve, leaving the straight bottom piece opened. (I quilted batting on the main piece, so it may look different than yours).
Clip the curves and corners. I used pinking shears for mine, but if they have tight corners, you may want to clips the curves.
Turn them right side out.
Place the ears on the gusset piece about 4″-5″ from the front.
Place the raw edge of the ear on the raw edge of the gusset piece, with the main sides touching.
Fold ear so that the lining is touching.
Baste the ear into place. Repeat for other ear on the other side of the gusset, making sure to line up with the first ear.
Place the hood portion right sides together, making sure that the ears are laying on the gusset, and are sandwiched in between the hood and gusset. Sew that portion of the hood on. (Again, I have quilted batting on my main hood piece, so it may look different). Make sure you are not sewing the hood lining fabric at all.
Repeat for other side.
Sew the rest of the hood according to the instructions.
Hope this tutorial helps someone add some cute little ears to their Billie Vest.
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