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Preppy Girl Vest: Free American Girl Pattern

Because you asked for it... here is the FREE vest pattern & tutorial from my Sew Cool for School post.

And a thanks to for showcasing this post!

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For info on the other clothes pictured, visit my Sew Cool for School post.


  1. Soooo cute!!! Thank you for sharing this pattern - Melinda

  2. Thank you for sharing that is a wonderful outfit too. Would love that top pattern too. Thank you June

  3. Vest is so cute, and so is the long-sleeved blouse with detail at sleeves and neckline. Would you share that pattern, too, please? Thank you!

  4. I too would like to get your long sleeve top pattern

  5. i am having trouble flipping it what did I do wrong
    Dawn D

    1. I'd like to help, but you're going to have to be more specific...

    2. When you put it together where did you start I did the top shoulder seams then the outer edges but when I tried turning I had a lot to go thru the little part of shoulder seams I know I must have done something wrong but not sure should I make each part separate then put together or what did I do wrong?

  6. Hi there, Ive making the little vest & I've done the shoulders seams. Before I do the two layers & sew the circumference should I sew the side seams first? Help if you can. thanks

  7. Yes I am curious as to the side seams as well. There doesn't seem to be any instructions for sewing up the sides. Is the connection only made by the closure on the front of the vest? It is hard to tell from your pics if the sided are open or closed. Otherwise my vest turned out good.

  8. The instructions are not very clear. I usually sew the shoulder seams first on outer material. Then sew the shoulder seams on the lining. With right sides together, pin the outer material and lining together. Start sewing together (using a 1/4 " seam) from the V on one of the front sides. Continue stitching from the V up front, around neck and down other front until you get to the V on the other front. Next stitch around the arm openings. Turn vest by brining the front through the shoulders. Press.
    Take one front side of the vest and pin it to the back side of the vest with right sides together. Stitch down side seams. (You will be stitching the outer material, right sides together, and lining material, right sides together all in one line of stitching). After you stitch both sides then you can fold the bottom edge up and stitch closed. Hope this helps!


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