Saturday, 15 March 2014

Sew Much Ado: Schoolboy Vest

I’m really excited to share this post. A few weeks ago Abby, from Sew Much Ado, put the call out for pattern testers for her fabulous Schoolboy Vest PDF pattern and I was lucky enough to be involved. The pattern was designed for children sizes 6m to 12 years and would be a fantastic addition to any little man’s wardrobe. And for that matter, it would also be super cute for girls too! I tested the size 8 for my 7.5 yr old nephew, J. The vest came together so easily and doesn't he look smart?!

Schoolboy Vest

The pattern includes instructions for either faux or real welt pockets as well as a back tie. The vest ends up looking really professional but the pattern is beginner friendly. Abby holds your hand through each step.This was my third time inserting welt pockets and it went perfectly.The instructions for the welts were the clearest I've seen so far. Another tricky part of the vest for some might be making the buttonholes and positioning them correctly. Well, the pattern includes a button hole guide which you can use after the vest is made up. No stress about chalk markings disappearing. Every step in the instructions is also accompanied with a colour photograph to look at if the words just aren't making sense for you. What more could you ask for?

Schoolboy Vest

I made J's vest out of 1/2m of a wool blend for the shell and the lining I made from one of his Dad's old Men's shirts. You need so little fabric that it's quite the little stash buster. J is not a big guy so he has plenty of room to grow in the size 8.

 Schoolboy Vest

The vest I made is quite classic looking, but some of the testers made very modern, colourful versions. Some made gorgeous vests for little girls. The vest can even be made reversible so you could do serious on one side and fun on the other. Check out the cuties on the pattern label Abby designed. Anywho, I highly recommend the Schoolboy Vest, whether you are looking for a pattern for your little boy or girl  for special occasions or just for fun!

Schoolboy Vest
Thanks for letting me test out this wonderful pattern Abby, I had a lot of fun making it and also interacting with you and the other testers. Can't wait to see more vests popping up on the blogosphere.


  1. J does look very smart in his new vest! Well done :)

  2. So darn cute! Nothing cuter than little boys in men's clothing. I love it that you chose a classic fabric combo for your version.

    1. Thanks! You are right! The grandpa vest on a youngen is super cute.