Explorer Vest

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Yesterday I shared the kid’s Halloween costumes, they’re going to be a butterfly and a bug catcher this year! I’m really in love with how they turned out, and so today I wanted to share a little bit more about the making of Gray’s explorer vest.

I’ve sewn quite a few dresses for Aurora, so it was really gratifying to find something to make for Gray. Boys clothing is so much harder to make, I feel, it almost always involves collars and buttons, and those are two of my least favorite things!

Not only will this make a cute costume for him, but I’m sure he and Aurora will wear it for dress up and for going out and about too, all of those pockets are so useful, it will be exciting (and possibly scary) seeing what they decide to put in them!

Babes in Deutschland, Explorer VestI used the pattern from Oliver + S Little Things to Sew: 20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children. Like all O+S patterns, it was really easy to follow and the directions are pretty easy to understand, even for a beginner. I would rate myself as an intermediate sewer, I’ve made a few quilts and outfits now, but I haven’t experimented much with anything super complicated.

All of their clothes have a modern take on vintage inspirations, which is pretty much my favorite kids style, and they look great in a number of different solids and patterns. Making the same pattern twice is never a bore!

Babes in Deutschland, Explorer VestFor anyone who might be wondering, I used Kona Cotton, Dusty Blue for the exterior, Michael Miller Backyard Baby Jar Bugs for the lining, and Kona Cotton, Yarrow for the binding at the arm holes.

I ended up making my button holes by hand because I don’t trust my machine. It was a budget purchase, and now after traveling halfway around the world in the trucks of unconscientious movers, it’s a little busted besides. Jon keeps saying that I should pick out a new one since TMO refunded us the cost of it, but it still sews and I’m not quite sure what I want, so I keep plugging along with it. If you have any great sewing machine recommendations, let me know, I have several more projects I’d like to tackle someday when I find the time. 🙂


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