I seem to do a lot of sewing times 2 for my little girls. This time, it's for my two favorite little boys...my nephews S (6 years old) and A (3 years old).
Red is currently S's favorite color. I lucked out in finding this great print at Jo-ann's. I love the sailboat drawings!
Especially the blueprint-esque one.
Matching reds can be difficult. The only red buttons I had were a very primary shade. They just didn't look right against the deeper tones of the sailboat print and the binding.
I decided to go with these metal buttons that are from the grouping my mother-in-law gave me over the summer.
The bellows pocket were a little time consuming but well worth the effort. Think of all the treasures it can hold!
My B modeling her cousin's vest. Notice how short the sleeves of her shirt have become? Good thing I lengthened them last year, now they are 3/4 sleeves like the original pattern.
On to #2....
Mr. A loves the color purple. Finding a purple print that is boyish is not an easy task. I really wanted A's vest to have a fun lining like his big brother's but the only purple prints I could find at first screamed "girl". If I'd had more time, I'm sure there are some lovely, more masculine purple prints out in the fabric world. But on my quick trip to Jo-ann's I despaired of finding a fabric that would work.
Thinking outside of the box, I found a black print that had different colored bicycles on it. And there is a purple bike!
I used a purple batik fat quarter to make bias binding for this vest. The purple buttons are also from my mother-in-law.
Both Explorer Vests are made from tan twill from Jo-ann's. And both are a size medium.
M is modeling A's vest and just happened to be wearing a purple shirt!
The vest pockets are the perfect hiding place for the small toys that I've purchased for the boys. I wish I could be there to see their reaction when they put on the Explorer Vests and discover that there's toys in the pockets!
Another winning pattern from Little Things to Sew.