Sewing for my Little Man. Ottobre Vest Review

by Connie on December 31, 2012 · 4 comments

It is so easy to sew for little girls.  Dresses, skirts, tees, more dresses.  Little boys often get the short end of my sewing machine.  Now while part of that reason might be that for many years I had five little blonde females of my own to sew for, now that there is a grandson in the mix is no reason to let him feel left out.

At just barely two years old Master C is a grandpa cardigan kind of kid.  Since his amazingly sweet Nana keeps him pretty well supplied with those, I thought it was  time to introduce my little man to the world of sweater vests!  Enter the ever reliable Ottobre.  Ottobre 4 2009 has a vest pattern in it and that is what I used, but you could realistically use any tee or pullover pattern and adjust the armholes.

The pattern is sized for 104 and larger, and the young man is only about a size 92, so I just graded it a bit smaller.  No biggie on a garment that only has a front and a back!

The first look at the photo had me thinking that  I would have to locate some argyle fabric, but a closer look had me realize (with relief!) that I was actually supposed to MAKE the argyle. How fun!

For the main fabric I visited my fave local thrift store and chose the best looking medium knit sweater I could find.  It is so easy to be able to  scrounge for  “fabric” for little people in thrift stores!

I cut the front and back out placing the lower edge on the lower edge of the “fabric” .  Not only did this cut out any need for a hem, it also makes the vest look more store bought. professionally made.

For the diamonds I used a suiting remnant and a grape wool knit.  I pinned them, handbasted them in place, and machine stitched them down.  This vest won’t be seeing a crazy amount of use, or I might have used Wonder Under to stabilize. (Read…I couldn’t find my stabilizer so I went without.) I placed the diamonds in a different pattern than the magazine has you do it. I decided on three rows instead of 2- I think it makes it look a bit more substantial. 

I chalked the argyle stitching lines on the wrong side, using the pattern picture as  a guide and coverstitched – also on the wrong side.

I bound the sleeve and the v-neck edges and topstitched them. Ugh- poor photo quality here! I used Jalie’s method for doing a V-neck.  You can find the video here. (hint- turn down the sound as it is just music- sorry Emilie, I love you like a sister, but that background music is sad!)

I added a purchased off- white Joe Fresh shirt under and sat back and admired, and admired. and admired.  Truly I admired longer than it took me to sew the vest!

And of course I forgot to take any posed shots.  This is my pathetic photo shoot attempt. “Casey, look here. No HERE! Leave the cat alone. Look here.  No don’t hide!! Here, stand on the couch.  Okay JUMP on the couch.  Watch Aunt Lauren jump on the couch.  Honey, stand still for just a second for Oma”…


Oh the energy of two year old boys! Especially this little  oh-so special little boy whose favourite thing to do right now is magic tricks…and play with little cars- or trains… and to sit with his beloved Oma right beside him!



I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.  In the next day or two I will show off my “Welcome 2013″ outfit.  We are going out for some dinner and dancing with a group of friends Motown style. Should be fun!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kyle December 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

What an adorable vest!! Make one for me? :)

Elizabeth January 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Great vest! Love it! Happy new year.

Maris Olsen January 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Connie – that vest for your grandson is UH-dorable! I do not have any grandsons yet (just one amazing granddaughter) – but I am definitely going to copy this darling, darling vest for a lucky little guy someday in the future.

Happy New Year!


Gjeometry March 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hi Connie, thanks for dropping by my blog and so happy to have found yours! Too bad you weren’t able to attend the TO Sewing Meetup but sounds like you had a great night yourself with the play. This vest is so adorable, what a great job you did on it and the little man wearing it is very handsome :). Looking forward to seeing you around blog-land!

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