Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Dress-up Vest for Small Boys
Well, specifically, for one young man who was our houseguest this week. He's 3 years old and loves dressing up. Sadly, our home is full of pink, princess and fairy outfits. So I made him and his 11-month old brother a dress-up vest to take home. It's a safety vest (good for construction, traffic control and fire-safety volunteer work)
that reverses to a cowboy/sheriff/county law-enforcement officer vest:
Not sure the bandana-print fabric is adequately masculine, but what do I know about boys' outfits, right?
I don't know how long he might wear it before he outgrows dress-up pretend play, so I made detachable nametags.
When his little brother inherits the vest, he can slap on his own name and make it his own.
No pattern - just chased the poor boy around our playroom with my measuring tape and a pencil. Then drew up the pattern quick and dug in my stash for what I could use to make it. I made it sneakily while while his family were out visiting friends and when they got home it was bedtime. So no photos of him actually modeling it. The next morning they left for the airport. For the same reason i.e. he wasn't around for a fitting, I left out the closures.
Moral of story: Always have neon yellow nylon packcloth in one's stash. Especially when little boys are visiting.