I made Henry a little puffer vest to go with his teal onesie.
Baby Boy Vest

I used a houndstooth plaid fabric and brown corduroy.

Baby Boy Vest
I added a couple of layers of batting between the fabric layers and then sewed some straight lines to give the vest the puffy look.
Baby Boy Vest

I kind of wish I would’ve done snaps or buttons instead of a zipper because they are more conducive to baby wear and play.

Baby Boy Vest

I drafted the pattern myself  and made it a little too small so I had to add some corduroy panels to the side. I did a fun “V” design with the corduroy pieces on the bias.

Baby Boy Vest

Thanks for all your tips on baby boy clothing! You all had some great tips for inspiration and places to find inexpensive clothing. And I know I won’t be able to control Henry’s clothing for long. One day he’ll only want to wear superheroes, cars, sports, or whatever he’s interested in and that’s fine. I know I’ll always make him things, so I’ll have a little sway. The funny thing is right after I started looking for inspiration You and Mie posted about Kid Clothing Inspiration. I loved looking through ZARA kids and Bonpoint. They had clothing that I was looking for, kind of like “little men”. The problem is that little boys love mud, sand, etc., and I want Henry to get dirty without worrying about his clothing. I want him to have a boy’s childhood, so he can’t really look like a “little man.” Maybe if I find washable fabric and reinforce them enough to hold up to lots of play.

Babies are just great. Here are some funny outtakes:
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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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11 thoughts on “Baby Boy Vest

  1. I love his little vest….and still so comfy for a baby! Well done!

    Posted on March 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm
  2. That is so cute! Good job! I know what you mean about little boy clothes! My son (now 2) just fell in love with Spiderman, but that is the only character he's ever had on a shirt, I tend to go for more plain, but bright colors when dressing him. If you want some more boy inspiration, check out Made's series Celebrate the Boy here's the url http://www.danamadeit.com/celebrate-the-boy
    Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

    Posted on March 17, 2012 at 4:56 am
  3. So cute! That zipper looks so cute because it is gianormous juxtaposed against his little body!!

    Posted on March 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  4. What a cute look! And cute little boy!

    Posted on March 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm
  5. Awww isn't he cute? and he look very handsome with that clothes….if only I was his age, lol

    Posted on March 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm
  6. WOW!!! Great job drafting your own pattern!!! The corduroy and houndstooth plaid look SO good together to make a fabulous vest. Thanks for linking up and looking forward to seeing more of your creativity…

    Posted on March 10, 2012 at 7:22 am
  7. I love the vest! Great job, and it works great with the teal onesie 🙂

    Posted on March 10, 2012 at 6:17 am
  8. great job, love the color combi, and the faces he's pulling, haha!

    Posted on March 10, 2012 at 4:28 am
  9. That turned out so good! And don't worry about the zipper, all the store bought ones I have all have zippers.

    Posted on March 10, 2012 at 2:14 am
  10. Ok, that is awesome! You amaze me.

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm
  11. Okay, now you know you HAVE to post the tutorial. I want one of these for my boy this winter!! (Between the weeks of December 23-January 15 and occasionally a cool down in the month of February is our winter here. Not including this year, where we had no winter at all. Arizona. Sheesh. At least he'd get to wear it a couple times.)

    I looove it!

    Posted on March 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm