Last year I attending the Carlisle Country Craft and Old Fashioned Market Mercantile as a vendor for the first time. click here to see pictures of last year's event
Although there are hundreds of ideas out there for girls (I have been collecting a few of them on this Pinterest board), the patterns for boys are limited. I have decided on vests, suspenders, pouches, hats and possibly a bow tie for S, and then just regular pants and a light coloured plaid button up shirt (if I can find them).
I actually bought a men's jacket at the Goodwill to take apart for this vest because I wanted the nice big pre-made pockets. The boys each picked out their own with the fabric they liked ---funny enough, not even close to what I would have picked out for them (I would have picked brown tweed). The lining on this one isn't from the jacket, since I sliced right through it while taking the jacket apart. I think I might line the other one in plaid flannel for fun.
There is just one part that I'm not too happy with. The jacket I bought had a lapel pocket and no matter how I positioned the pattern piece, I couldn't get it to fit and still keep the pocket at the bottom. I ended up having to cut below the lapel pocket and make the front pattern piece out of two pieces, using a spare piece from the arm. I'm hoping it will look better once it is ironed very carefully. (Note: the orange shirt was for contrast in the photo, and then somebody decided he looked so great he had to wear the ensemble to school this morning - as is...pick your battles, right?).
Also, this morning, N asked if I could add a button. From the picture on the pattern, I thought it would allow space for button holes, but it turns out the buttons are just decorative. I'm going to add button holes to both sides and lace it up, I think (like Peter in Monastic Tudor Farm on TVO - are you watching that? It's the best one yet!). On S's vest, I will add an extra piece to the pattern to allow for buttons - I think).
A note about sizing: I made the size XS first after measuring my 14 year old. It fits my 11 year old - and he's not big for his age. I'm going to have to make the M for S. If you are going to use this pattern, I would suggest making at least one size bigger than the measurements suggest - I'm going 2 sizes bigger for S.
Linking up with: Keep Calm Craft On over at Frontier Dreams