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Topic: Boy's Shaggy Man Vest **Tutorial Added** My first one!!!!  (Read 14942 times)
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Caine
« on: February 01, 2008 02:17:32 PM »

I finally caught my son with his beloved shaggy man (from the OZ books) vest and (too big I know) Totoro hat. He loves 'em. My 4YO wants me to make a Totoro hood for the vest, I gotta look at those hoodies of vegbee with new serious and give it a go!


The vest is made from fleece and some covered hooks and eyes, hat some fleece scraps with appliqued eyes and nose. It's the cheapo fleece from Joann's so I doubled it and it is cozy enough for Northern California winters.

Added 2/9/08
Amended: December 2008 -- a posted a larger file of the pattern as a reader had trouble making out the measurements in the first version I posted.

HOW TO MAKE THE SHAGGY MAN VEST -- this one is size 2T or even bigger.
Exposed seams, double layered fleece vest with exposed covered hook & eye closure. The front panels are curved up, the back panel has a straight bottom. There is no bottom seam ... Shaggy, Shaggy little man! Use a small seam allowance and don't worry about the smoothness of the cuts -- the hackety way fleece often cuts helps to be more SHAGGY SHAGGY SHAGGY!!!


Materials -
lightweight to medium weight fleece
* Front 4 x (12.5 x 8.35)
* Back (12.5 x 16.5)
* Pockets 2x (5 x 3)
Thread -- it doesn't quite matter if it matches
2 covered hook & eye closures


Please forgive the color quality on the picture of the vest!


What to do
Cut one panel of front vest, use that panel to make the lining panel. Use the panel flipped to make other front panel and lining. Use one each of the two front panels to make the back panel (but have a straight bottom rather than curved at the sides. If you want to make the vest reversible, put the pockets in before you sew the vest panels together.

Make Vest
Pin together lining and fabric of each panel and sew together. Then attach shoulder and side seams. Do not sew the bottom seams. Sew on the hook and eye closures on the outside (The non shaggy vest wearers hide them inside, for a discreet look -- but we are SHAGGY SHAGGY SHAGGY!)

Want pockets?
If you would like pockets grab a wee car or whatever your guy likes to put in pockets and make a rectangle larger than that and add 1.5 inches or more for a hem at the top of the pocket. Turn over the hem, top stitch. Top stitch pockets in place. (For my pockets I used a wee car -- hot wheel sized -- it ended up about 5 x 3 inches.

How to make the pattern piece
You could wing it like I did; wing it but use the measurements on the picture below or copy the picture to an image processing software and print it at the right size using the measurements shown on the picture.

N.B.
Who is the shaggy man?
He is from the OZ books by L Frank Baum. He is wise, kind, quiet, merry and antimaterialistic -- you've met similar characters in all sorts of fiction! Here is a link to the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaggy_Man At our house the OZ books are the main "immersion theme" these days -- you know what I mean ... at some houses it is Thomas, or princesses, Batman, Spiderman or even the Tick. At ours just now Tin Tin has been alternating with the Land of Oz.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008 02:19:26 PM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008 02:26:28 PM »

that is ADORABLE! what kid wouldn't love it?!  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2008 02:37:38 PM »

Aww...What a little sweetie!  He looks so cute!  Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2008 02:48:30 PM »

VERY cute! Not only your work, but the cutie showing it off! Such an adorable photo.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2008 02:55:51 PM »

The things you made are great...but...your little one steals the awe!  His cute little attitude shines through!
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2008 03:04:15 PM »

All I can say is "awwww!" Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2008 03:09:32 PM »

yes, awwww!  The hat is adorable.  Good luck with satisfying the hoodie urges of a preschooler - they are insatiable.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2008 03:20:51 PM »

He does make stuff look good, says the proud mom. I want to try a hood ... hmmm so many things. I seem not to be able to find time for much sewing these days -- since mid summer really ... with some exceptions (like sewing for the school fundraiser ...) muy living room is stacked with ideas and fabric and junk. Gotta gotta gotta!

thanks for saying sweet things, it does help so!
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008 04:05:11 PM »

haha i'd even wear it now! awesome all around ^^
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2008 04:40:34 PM »

Funny you say that, I sort of want one too! A sort of shaggy rib warmer? I made a vest for my 4YO too ... must post a pic. Perhaps I will make one for me after a few more of these baby pounds slip away?
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2008 05:41:20 PM »

the vest and hat are too awesome, and your little model is just adorable trudging along determinedly,
great stuff!
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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2008 10:04:40 AM »

OMG! How adorable is that?!! I love the hat!!
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2008 10:17:22 AM »

Thanks! I keep meaning to make Totoro hats -- finally made that one and it is too big, months ago I made one that was too small ... if this Goldilocks could either make more at once or write down measurements ... might be able to get everyone duded up ala the fabulous Totoro.
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2008 02:45:48 AM »

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2008 02:20:37 PM »

CrazyMaisey! Thank you.
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2008 08:58:29 PM »

My daughter would like me to attempt making a similar vest, may I ask did you use a tute?
(crosses fingers)
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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2008 09:31:59 PM »

I did not but I could ... eek, could I? I could try to make one! For you Sue, anything I would attempt to do. My husband and I are filling out our absentee ballots and he is trying to work out why I am smiling ... it is cuz you asked how I did it! You made my day.

First some more story -- I think you could "just do" this vest, SS! What I did was rather rough -- I just cut out two layers of fleece in 3 pieces that seemed about the right size and shape for a vest. I was going to have the seams hidden but the kids were rushing to get out and I accidentally sewed it up wrong and couldn't turn it right side out. BING!!! I noticed it looked rather sweet all shaggy like that. I added the hooks (done up all wrong too it turns out ... they are made to be on the inside. but it works!) and the pockets because he loves pockets or, pock-dits, as he calls them. Voila! Vest!
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2008 02:42:45 AM »

I think if I had a small child in the house I might be work it out, but I just love how yours turned out so great!
The kids I am making them for live far, far away.
I asked some random stranger at the fabric store if she would mind if I tryed a hat on her child that I just "happened" to have with me, and another mum at another store measuring her kids head so I could use the measurements......not too sure if I can keep doing that, without getting arrested!
Luckily they where both pretty cool with it.
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S
Im hoping to make the vest for a 2 year old boy, I cant even remember what size my son was at that age.
Hes a hulking 19 year old now.

ps, glad I could make you smile.
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« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2008 07:14:47 AM »

Well, my boy is 20 months and wearing a 2T. This vest will fit him for awhile. How about I make a pattern from it?
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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2008 04:26:26 PM »

you are a doll, that would be fantastic!
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« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2008 07:39:05 AM »

s-w-e-e-t  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2008 05:12:20 PM »

that is really adorable.  my son loves vests--i think they are less constricting.  I'm just happy to layer him up against the cold!
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« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2008 05:24:08 PM »

Thank you! Will try to figure out how to make a tute tonight ... if those kids'll go to bed!
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« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2008 05:33:51 PM »

even measurements of a child would be handy really,
like how big is a neck around?
measurements from waist to neck, underarm to waist, chest and waist measurements
its really hard without a child to measure against,
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I made a skirt last night for what i think a 4 year old girl looks like, but its just crazy,
i could send it halfway across the country and it may be hopeless in size,
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« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2008 05:39:11 PM »

That sounds flusterating. Hmmm, I used to have a link to chart of such things ... lemme think. I will post the link if I can find it.

Here it is ...  but it does not have neck sizes http://www.vertbaudet.co.uk/Static/Static.aspx?page=SizeGuide1

I use marthastewart's hat size chart -- it is a super long link so search for fleece hats if the link doesn't work: http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=14ce76ecfd22f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=fleece%20hats&rsc=header_1

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« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2008 05:43:40 PM »

consider yourself hugged women!
now just those last two measurements,
how long is a little chap from neck to waist, and from underarm to waist,
so I dont make the vest dress length!

omg My sister just had a baby boy!
yah!

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« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2008 06:18:12 PM »

Hmmm -- the vest itself I can measure right not, whereas the boy is moving too fast!

Shaggy Man Vest
I used fairly thin fleece -- perhaps the lighter end of medium weight? I think that makes the vest drape rather well, perhaps heavier fleece would be too bulky? T'was sale polar fleece from JoAnn's. The fleece is doubled.

When I made mine I cut one front half that I liked from paper then used it to make the (4) front pieces and the (2) back pieces but where I curved the bottom of the front pieces I left the bottom of the back pieces squared off (straight edge).

Cut the front vest shapes from: (4) 13 tall x 8.25 wide rectangles
Cut the back of the vest shapes from: (2) 13 tall x 16.5 rectangle

The bottom of the armholes is 7 inches from the bottom of the vest. Armhole depth: From button-up edge of the right hand front piece to the start of the J shaped armhole is 5.5 inches.

I just made a sketch but my daughter is defacing, er, I mean, modifying it! I will post a picture after dinner as things are getting a little shaky around here! I think the sketch would help quite a bit, but didn't want to keep Aunty S waiting any longer if she was fired up to go!



(PS Who IS the Shaggy Man? A character from L Frank Baum's OZ stories ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shaggy_Man
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« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2008 07:53:36 PM »

woohoo that is excatly what I need,
just got back from the shops where I bought some wee pants to copy
thanks a bunch,
hmmmm dishes or sewing?
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« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2008 07:55:02 PM »

that is ADORABLE! what kid wouldn't love it?!  Cheesy Cheesy
My thoughts exactly!
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« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2008 03:25:21 PM »

Thanks Rockstar Mom! I just put up a tutorial - my first!!! But Scrappy Sue already made one of these using her native brilliance and just a few measurements ... Here is her version: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225927.0
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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2008 05:03:45 AM »

you are too kind  Smiley
That tute is awesome!
Ill definately be making another now, and handy tip about the pocket sewing,
fantastic,
thanks a bunch
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« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2008 10:02:08 AM »

Thanks SS! If you do make another and you have the time, please let me know how to improve the tute -- especially if I made errors but in any way you see. If I can steal some time to make a vest soon I will try to follow my directions to test them and snap photos. I am a Tuter in Training!
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« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2008 06:02:06 PM »

A kind reader wished for a better image of the pattern and I have uploaded a higher quality one - clicking on the thumbnail should give you a better resolution shot of the pattern. If it does not work, please send me a private message and I will try again.

At our house it is time to make a larger sized Shaggy Man vest for the Little Manly and a larger sized Mongolian Princess one for the Little Misc. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225695.0

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