Even though being a teacher is sucking away my time, I have stolen a few moments to sew up the Art Museum Vest and Trousers by Oliver and S for my boy. This might be my favorite Oliver and S pattern yet, and it's not just because the resulting garment is amazingly professional. It's all about the welt pockets.
This was not my first welt pocket experience. I attempted two single welt pockets on my Sweet Shorts, but they felt too complicated and the final result was far from perfect. Wearable, but not perfect. However, the Oliver and S method for welt pockets is perfection. Trust me on this, you can do it. Even though I knew some of the basics of sewing when I started out, I feel like I learned to sew from Oliver and S and developed the confidence to start sewing for myself. Liesl Gibson is a genius at writing pattern instructions.
Colin is a big fan of layers. I cannot believe that this boy has clothing opinions at 20 months, but he does. In fact, his teachers at daycare have to bribe him to take off his coat in the mornings. I placate him with old man cardigans and now, vests. A whole new world of layering. We love it.
The vest is definitely the wow factor in this pattern, but the trousers are not too shabby. They have lots of professional details like back welt pockets (!!!), front slant pockets, and even belt loops, which I skipped because Colin does not yet own a belt.
The details: I used a super soft corduroy for this outfit, and I'm really happy that I bought way too much...Simplicity 2451, I'm looking at you. I cut a 2T because Colin's last little fall outfit is just barely hanging on at 18-24 months. This vest would not have buttoned if I had not sized up, but Colin is a delightfully chubby toddler these days. I chopped off three inches from the length of the pants, and they fit perfectly.
One word of warning...little boys who know they are cute will get into lots of mischief. Just so you know.