I’ve made this vest before for my older son when he too was in the fifth grade. This is my go to vest pattern because it is simple enough but also has nice details that make it special.
Here’s my youngest son Tyler who is getting ready to go to middle school. I knew it was coming but I have to tell you I just was not prepared.
I actually ended up being pretty sick on the day of his graduation so I didn’t take these pictures, in fact I was in bed under the covers by then but it looks like he needed no direction.
Pattern Description: Husky boy’s and big and tall men’s vest pattern includes button down and zippered vest with pockets. Button down vest has adjustable back buckle. Also includes neck-tie and bow tie with back closure.
Pattern Sizing: Boys S-L Mens 1XL-5XL. I made the boys medium.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were great and pretty standard for a lined vest. I used a different pattern for the bow tie. There’s a great free one here: http://seekatesew.com/bow-tie-pattern/
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that the vest is fully lined and the front is interfaced. It gave the vest a very nice finish. I also liked that they had the boys and men’s sizes in the same envelope.
Fabric Used: I used a Michael Miller cotton from Fabric.com
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This pattern is sized for husky but although my son is not husky but I’ve used it before so I just made a muslin to ensure fit. I only made one minor change and used the fashion fabric to both line the vest as well as for the back of the vest.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is now my go to vest pattern so if my boys have a need for a vest, I would surely use this pattern again.