My little boy has recently turned into quite the cowboy. Hardly a day goes by in which he isn’t wearing his cowboy boots. :) This past week I decided to make Eli a little cowboy vest to go with his daily ensemble. What do you think?
I used Simplicity pattern 1923 view C with 3 buttons. I made Elijah a size 2 which seems to be just a little big. He should get a lot of wear out of it though.
I did line the vest as the Simplicity 1923 pattern suggested. Instead of using a typical thin, slippery vest lining material I used a regular cotton. Actually I cut up an old blue sheet that we no longer used. :) This made the lining easy to sew and gives the vest a nice casual look.
I am very pleased with how the vest turned out. I made sure to press often as I sewed and used pins even when I was tempted not to. (Sometimes I’m a lazy sewer.)
The only part of the pattern I disliked was sewing step 7. I had trouble understanding how the side seams together while at the same time not seeing the seams. I simply sewed the side seams together and then finished them with a serger. They are visible on the inside but I still think the vest looks fairly nice. I also may or may not have put the buttons on the wrong side for a little boy. I couldn’t remember is it left over right for a boy or right over left. If I can’t remember hopefully no one will notice if it is backwards. :)
Overall I really enjoyed sewing this project. It was very quick and easy to put together. One could easily sew it from start to finish during your little one’s naptime. :) I may attempt making another vest for Easter that is on the fancy side. What do you think?
It was wonderful to find such a cute pattern for little boys. I have found that it is much more difficult to find cute patterns for boys than for little girls. (I would estimate that there are about 4 times as many patterns for little girls as for little boys.) Regardless of whether you are sewing for a little girl or boy the next time you find a .99 pattern sale I would recommend picking up Simplicity 1923. It also contains a button up shirt with rolled up sleeves, long shorts (they look like capri pants to me), and a sweet little dress.