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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sewing for My Son & Pattern Giveaway

Sewing for my son is not easy for me.  He is difficult to please, and I get easily frustrated if he doesn't want to wear something that I have spent hours making for him.

But I love him very much, and he desperately needs some new dress clothes for Easter.  So when Amy from Nap Time Crafters asked me to participate in her Spring Pattern Shop Tour for her Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, I jumped at the chance to sew up the Little Gentleman Pants and Vest Pattern for my son.

Doesn't he look handsome?

The Little Gentleman Pants and Vest were pretty simple to make and definitely appropriate for an intermediate beginner who has buttonhole making skills.  The pattern is for sizes 3 months to 12 years, so you can get years of use out of it!  Always a win in my book.

The pants have inseam and welt pockets, a flat front with a faux fly, and elastic waistband in the back.  I sewed on a button and belt loops (not a part of the pattern) to the pants to make them look a little dressier since my son will wear them to church.

My favorite part of the pants--the functional welt pockets on the back!

Amy's pattern instructions show you a super simple way to make welt pockets!  I've read other tutorials on how to make them, but her method involves just one piece of fabric.  The trick is all in the folding! Genius!  

These pockets definitely dress up these slacks and give them that store bought feel.  Don't you agree?

I made both the pants and the vest using the size 8, but the pants were a little long.  Instead of trimming off the excess length, I cuffed the bottom edge of the pants.  These pants should last a while since I can always let out the hem when he grows taller!

I'm not sure about other 8 year olds, but my son enjoys wearing a vest.  He has another one that is more casual and has a guitar applique on the back shoulder, so he was most excited about me making him a new vest.

Ella was jealous of all the camera time Connor was receiving!
When I bought the khaki twill fabric for the pants and vest, I didn't think about buying any fabric for the lining.  My fabric stash at home is rather limited when it comes to male acceptable prints and colors, but luckily, Connor was pretty satisfied with this navy blue and green print that I had.  Whew!

The vest is reversible if you sew buttons on both sides, and the pattern instruction pictures are great at showing you how to sew it together with no exposed seams.

I'm so pleased with the ensemble; however, I did not make the shirt.  It's a Polo that I picked up at a consignment sale last week for $3!  Can't beat that deal!

If you have a little boy who needs some new dress clothes like mine did, then I hope you'll try out the Little Gentleman Pants and Vest Pattern, too.  Or, if you need to make your little girl an Easter outfit, then maybe you'll consider the Evelyn Dress Pattern.  I remixed it to make Ella a Christmas dress last year, and I use the same pattern all the time to make reversible A-line dresses and swing tops to applique (in fact, I used it to make Ella an Easter swing top I'll be blogging about soon).

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers participating in the Pattern Shop Tour.  I can't wait to see what else everyone is making!  Just click the blog names below to be taken directly to their blogs.

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Want a chance to win all the patterns showcased in the tour?  Then be sure to enter below.  I'd really appreciate you following sewVery if you don't already! Two winners will be announced after the contest ends on March 16th!

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And for Thursday only, Amy is offering up her Elaina Pintuck Party Dress pattern for only $4!  This would be great for a little girl's Easter dress!

Image of Elaina Pintuck Party Dress

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  1. This looks great. Love the welt pockets. Snazzy!

  2. so sweet!! He looks so happy to wear something his mama made him!

  3. It is so nice Veronica. he looks so handsome!

  4. visiting from show and tell saturday. I know what you mean about boys. I make shorts etc that they say they want - material that they chose from the shop and then wont wear them. Why not ask I - because the pockets aren't big enough. Man o man. Your wee man looking amazing.

  5. I only found your site this week, and really enjoy it. You did an amazing job on the vest and pants and a very handsome model.


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