My boy is 110% boy. He runs, scratches himself up and destroys clothes. He loves to wear comfortable clothes that move with him. He would live in a sweat pants and sweat shirt. If I let him…
He is at the age that he can simply take off anything that he does not like. If it doesn’t please him – its gone! So its a challenge making more sophisticated items for him. I purchased some super-soft cotton knit jersey for him from Nature’s Fabrics. It’s has a wonderful, charcoal classic argyle print. Great for keeping it comfy, yet adding a little style. They actually have this in three color-ways, but as usual – there is not much of this awesome fabric left – so hurry!!
I really, really wanted to make this into either a vest or a cardigan. And in a great stroke of luck, Elegance and Elephants, released this new pattern just days after my fabric arrived! Its the Stellar’s Vest and Dress Pattern:
It’s absolutely perfect for this fabric and what I had in mind for my son!!
So here is how it went! My son measured between a size 6 and 7 in this pattern so I sized up to a seven. I had to make no adjustments at all to the size, its roomy enough to wear a shirt underneath.
I want to address the V-neck. I know that V-necks can look a little intimidating. But this pattern has been written up very well, and a nice, easy technique for making V-necks is used. When you take your time, it will come together easily, and the points will be nice and sharp and even!
I mainly used my Serger to construct this vest. The pattern has 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowances. Which are narrower that we are used to here in the US. So I did not use my preferred 5 thread overlock with chain stitch, I used a four thread overlock that used three threads to create the overlock, and then uses the fourth thread to create a safety stitch inside the overlock for stability. I find that this overlock stitch does not pull apart, or ladder in the seam.
This vest took about 1 hour for me to put together. Total instant sewing gratification! I bet the next one that I do will take half that long, as I already have the pattern prepared and have sewn one up.
I loved this fabric and pattern, and it got a thumbs up from my son as well.
Here are the results!
He only agreed to be photographed if he could keep eating his apple
And a shot of the back:
I will certainly be making a few more of these vests, its a great pattern!!
Next up is a cardigan that I am using a Dutch pattern from Zonen09 for. Its the Ole pattern. I love the pattern, but am hoping that I have enough sewing mojo to follow it in Dutch!