Bonsai Maple


I have a volunteer maple tree in a container on my back deck. It arrived about six years ago and I decided to leave it to see if it would survive the winter in a tub. To keep it under control I have created a bonsai, trimming the branches throughout the season. Six years later it still offers a wonderful fall display.

Travel Vest

I took the pattern from the Winter Jacket and converted it to a vest – removed the sleeves, took a dart in the armhole to reduce the fullness, dropped the shoulder a bit, and added more pockets on the inside!


I used the ultra suede fabric I bought in Portland for the front and back panels and the pocket top. The other faux suede fabrics I had in my stash and thought they went well with the grey.

What I’m most pleased about is the fit! I had to use a bias binding to trim the armholes and a collar to finish the neckline. I tried to figure out a way to join lining and outer vest from the inside but once lining was attached at the zipper and the bottom, there was not other way.

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