Frontier Vest Tutorial and Pattern

by Dana on March 2, 2011

At our house, there’s a whole lot of princess dressing up that goes on every day. I often scratch my head wondering how the girly costumes seem to accumulate. I honestly can’t tell you where all the dresses came from or if I remember buying them. But somehow there’s a big white chest in our front room filled with glittery chiffon and colorful satin. This means that on any given day you might spot Owen in a tutu, dancing right along side his sister (while my husband cringes).

So we’re changing that!
Time for my boy to dress-up like a BOY. And the easiest place to start is on the Frontier.
The kids came home from school at Thanksgiving time with a very simple pilgrim’s vest made of felt. I loved it. And decided it could easily be embellished with fringe and pockets to make a kid’s playtime vest.
I tried to come up with a clever name for the vest but nothing was working…
Wild Wild Vest?
My husband just looked at me and then went back to working on his computer.

Gritty Vest? a la True Grit?
But the vest doesn’t seem gritty at all. There’s a happy little felt star on it!

An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle Vest?
Way too long. And way too obvious.

The Ralphie?
Less obvious. And you’ll shoot your eye out.
So I went with something simple since I was sick of Will Smith bouncing around in my head (we going straight. to. the wild, wild west….)
Too many pop culture references.
Sorry.

We’ll just call it the:
Of course if you’re making this for a little girl, you can certainly call it the Jessie Cowgirl vest or whatever your country belle is into. But for the boys today, we’re gonna Kid Rock it up and down the block! Because I wanna be a cowboy baaaaaby!
This vest is very simple.
It’s made of felt–which means you don’t have to finish any seams (and can disguise mistakes more easily). But the real beauty of this project is that you can make it as plain or as detailed as you want. In fact you don’t even have to sew it! You can glue the sides together! If you’re like me though, once you start adding things it’s hard to restrain and stop the sewing fun. And little by little the embellishments are everywhere. It’s one of the few times I can go overboard for a boy and feel okay about it.
Ready to head out West?
You’ll find the complete Frontier Vest Tutorial HERE (and in the Tutorials link at the top of the blog):

And in an hour you’ll a vest sewn up and ready for play!
Of course being the Sheriff is hard work.
So we don’t mind if you take a moment to relax.
Home home on the range little partner.

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