Elijah’s Cowboy Vest: Simplicity 1923 Review

3 Mar

Wearing the cowboy vest the 4th day in a row!

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?

What a delight this little boy is in our lives.

 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.


2 Responses to “Elijah’s Cowboy Vest: Simplicity 1923 Review”

  1. Laura March 3, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    I think he was giving you his evil look in the very first pic. OMG! It was too funny. So what mischievous behavior was he just up to? Love the vest by the way. It’s super cute.

    • emersonfamily March 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

      Oh he’s just being Eli. 🙂 Glad you liked the vest. Thanks!

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