My five-year-old nephew is on a serious cowboy kick lately, and I was asked by my mother (his grandma!) to make a ‘real cowboy vest’ as a gift. However, as I am completely tapped out on funds by this point (thanks student teaching =p), I wanted to see if I could manage to fanangle this out of nothing and air. And maybe spit.
I raided the fabric stash and got really lucky finding a great faux leather pillow cover (from the pillow project earlier this summer) that provided JUST enough base material for this mini-sized vest. I copied and shrank a vintage vest pattern that I’ve been saving for making Sarah from Labyrinth, and I had all the supplies I needed, already on hand! No worries there!
Because the leather-like material was such good quality, I decided to do a really authentic look and lapped seams instead of doing a regular seam. I stitched each one twice for durability as well as for a more authentic rustic look. That made construction really easy and really attractive. Finally, I top stitched all around the outside and the sleeve openings of the vest for a finishing touch.
I’m delighted with the finished product, and I hope my nephew will be as well! This is a sturdy little garment that should last for years… at least until he outgrows it!
What’s your favorite handmade Christmas costume?