In all of my preparations for the new baby, I was excited to have a chance to sew something for my son when Ajaire from Call Ajaire invited me to play along with her Monthly MashUp series in March! You can see her floral version of this mashup in this post! Mixing two patterns together is a great way to keep sewing expenses down and stretch your creative muscles. I admit, I didn’t do a whole lot of alterations for this project but I DID end up with something that fit, I like, and is unique.
I mashed up two patterns, the See Kate Sew Aztec Hooded Vest and the Aviator Pants from Winter Wear Designs. The teal fabric is a lightweight sweatshirt fleece from Hancock Fabric’s flat folds and the galaxy print was purchased off a Facebook destash group (see some of my favorite places to buy knit fabrics in this post).
The pants are a straight 3T and the vest is the 3t cut with the 2t length. I’ve made the aviators before (see two more pairs here) in fabrics with more stretch, but surprisingly these pants fit just fine without rise adjustments in a more stable knit even with a cloth diapered bum.
The hood is BIG! Fits nicely over my kid’s giant noggin.
It’s much easier to get detail shots when the two year old isn’t moving around – I added a faux drawstring for a little extra something. I really love the details on the aviators, it makes it easy to use up scrap fabric too. I have never sewn a vest before; I’d love to know other ways to finish armholes other than tucking & topstitching or binding (the pattern mentioned hand sewing or machine sewing but not specific hand sewing techniques).
I wish I could share a tutorial for how I attached the two, but I was just playing as I went and I’m not comfortable asserting myself as an authority on how it ended up. This picture should help though – I basically sandwiched the waistband in between the vest and pants and serged, inserted the elastic, and closing. The zipper is low enough to get it off and on easily enough but you could also re-engineer the pattern pieces and have the zipper go down to the crotch instead and forgo the waistband (sorta like this off Etsy).
So that’s my mash-up! I was surprised how hard it was to find a pattern or even a store-bought example of what I was envisoning. I guess I’m the only one – but I think it’s cute and comfy! Head over to Ajaire’s to see her mash-up for her adorable daughter too.