I love the look of a sweater vest over a button down shirt on little boys and wanted to make something similar for one of my sons this winter. After looking through my pattern stash, I couldn’t find anything designed quite like I wanted. So I decided to hack Parker’s Vintage Fit T-shirt to create a knit “sweater” vest. Christmas is the best time to “nerd out” with a sweater vest, right?
This hack was pretty simple. The key was to size up enough to fit over the button down but not so much that it looked too baggy. I measured his chest with the button down shirt on and then went up one size from there so that it wouldn’t be too tight since Parker’s has a slimmer fit. I ended up using the pattern two sizes bigger than my guy normally wears for Parker’s Vintage Fit T-shirt and in retrospect the only thing that needs adjusted is the length, since it’s a bit long.
I used the v-neck version and replaced the sleeves with bands. I cut the bands to about 80% of the size of the armscye and the same width as the neckband so they’d “match” (for the size 7 that I made, I used bands 11″ long by 2″ wide). I put them on the armscyes using the same directions as included for the crew neckline band.
I used a red rib knit, which got a little bit wavy because I didn’t use any hem tape or stabilizer. I think a slightly sturdier knit wouldn’t have this issue, but I was working with what I had on hand. 😉
The only other modification I made to the pattern was to add a band around the bottom of the shirt, so it would lay similarly to how a real sweater vest pulls in at the bottom. I made it about 80% of the size of the bottom hem and cut it 4 inches wide so the finished band would be a bit less than 2 inches.
I love how this look came together! A “sweater” vest hacked from Parker’s Vintage Fit T-shirt was just what his outfit needed to feel complete.
Happy Sewing!! ~ Joelle