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FREE PATTERN: Sweater Vest Overalls

I love dressing up Henry in something a little more formal. Just a little more like a gentleman. Usually, this means it's not very wearable for an active baby boy. Well, I came across Armani Junior Infant's Polo Footie on pinterest and immediately fell in love. I knew I could make my own version and that it would be a wearable and gentlemanly. I searched through my "use later" box of old clothing and found a perfect sweater to use, and that's how the Nerdy Sweater Vest Overalls were originated. Luckily, I made a pattern and tutorial for you readers in the process!
These overalls can go everywhere with your little baby boy, like through the grass and dirt.
Free Sweater Vest Overalls Pattern, size 6-9 mos
2 ribbing strips 1"x7 5/8" -arm edges (one long side should be finished.)
1 ribbing strips 1"x10 1/4" -neck edges (one long side should be finished.)
sewing machine
sewing supplies*
snaps or buttons
sweater (you probably don't want one that you have to dry clean.)

1. Pin the pattern to the sweater (I didn't get a picture of this.) Line up the bottom of the pattern with the bottom of the sweater in the ribbed area.
2. Zigzag the center back seam right sides together at 1/4". Zigzag the side seams right sides together at 1/4".
3. Zigzag the shoulder seams right sides together at 1/4".
4. Cut out the ribbing pieces with one edge the finished edge of the ribbing. Zigzag short edges right sides together at 1/4". Divide arm opening into four and divide ribbing into four.
5. Match up pins with right sides together and pin. Zigzag around at 1/4" stretching the ribbing to fit the vest. I slid mine onto the arm of my sewing machine, so it stretches it out for me.
Do the same on the other armhole.
6. Take the last ribbing piece and zigzag the short edges right sides together. Instead of sewing straight against the edge, sew at a 45 degree angle. The edge that will sew to the neck will be longer than the outside edge. Trim the extra seam allowances. Make sure it can stretch over your baby's head.
7. Divide neck edge and ribbing into four. Match up pins and pin with right sides together. Zigzag around at 1/4" stretching the ribbing to fit the vest.
8. Fold both front and back inseams over at 3/4" and sew with a straight stitch. The front is a little hard, but it's possible. I think my front went down to 1/2" in a couple of places.
9. Add snaps or buttons or fastener of your choice. (Don't mind the spot where Henry knelt in dirt/sap.) Oh, I should add leather kneepads!
Now it's time for your little one to explore in his oh so cute sweater vest.
Special thanks to my friend for taking the pictures. She's really good and has a baby boy just a couple of weeks older than Henry. They had fun playing together during the photo shoot!
Now Henry wants YOU to make one for your baby!


  1. So cute. And the dark compliments your little guys complexion so well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. OMG that vest is so cute and look at your little gentleman he looks adorable in it :)


  3. Real cute. And im dying over that pic of him peaking out from behind tge tree. Soooooo cutw

  4. Real cute. And im dying over that pic of him peaking out from behind tge tree. Soooooo cutw

  5. I love it! It's adorable! And I'm crazy about the faces that Henry makes in the pictures. He looks so handsome!

  6. Seriously though? HA! Ok, this is being featured as well. Lol

    You rock.

  7. soo awesome, such a great idea, i love this!!

  8. Years ago, "Stretch and Sew" was around and they gave classes on stretch knitting and sold multi-size patterns for babies, children and adults. I took several of the classes and I learned a trick to giving finished cuffs and collars a professional look.

    After putting in the cuff or collar (or waistband), turn the garment right-side-out and top stitch close to the "ditch" that was made when you attached the neck to the neckband or cuff of sleeve to sleeve. Don't "stitch IN the ditch" (another technique), but rather top-stitch about 1/8" from the ditch on the garment side(vs the ribbing side). This catches the ribbing and makes the ribbing "lay down" and keeps it from puckering so. Remember to stretch as you sew. hth


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