My 3-year-old and I love to imagine that he is the greatest explorer that ever there was…
He’s got the curiosity, energy and enough questions to spark a lifetime of adventure… and now he even looks the part!
This ‘Explorer Vest’ pattern is from one of my favorite sewing books, Oliver and S: Little Things to Sew. If you read my blog regularly you may have noticed me gushing over this particular pattern/fabric/sewing maven. This is not a paid relationship. My love is true. And really she had me with her common sense, well written instructions. Not to mention the fact that her pattern pages don’t require origami expertise to return them to their envelope. And you always end up with a top-notch garment. Love. Love. Love. Check out the backpack project from her book!
To customize this project for my explorer, I made a few changes as I went along. This is a winter time project, so I added a layer of batting for warmth which worked out very well.
Inside, is my favorite part of all… a message for my explorer!
The pockets are from a shirt my husband received as a gift a couple of years ago. It was like five sizes too big. Seriously. And though he had a disapointed look on his face while discovering his gift-gone-wrong… I didn’t! The fabric was a thick, yummy, warm, and soft flannel. I knew it would be mine… for sewing! So far I’ve made two pairs of pants and now these pockets. And there is still material left!
The generous pocket sizes in this pattern, allow plenty of room for treasure.
In our case, we’ve filled those pockets with the kind of tools explorers need: a compass, magnifying glass, pocket microscope, and others. I found these accoutrement here at a Montessori based store, For Small Hands.
My explorer now stands a little taller and charges ahead with extra bravery. And I love it, love it, love it! That’s exactly what I was going for when I decided to move my family to Whoville. Mission accomplished.
Next up, I’ll tell you about a place where your explorer will feel right at home… on the wild frontier!