Oliver + S Art Museum Vest + Pants Pattern

Art-museum-pattern copy

I have adored Oliver + S patterns  ever since I made the Family Reunion Dress for Emmeline’s first birthday.  The patterns are simple, classic, designs, with beautiful details that really give a garment a professional look.  Sew Mama Sew asked for six bloggers to test three new Oliver + S patterns that are being released today and I jumped at the chance to have the opportunity to make one early.


I was sent the new Art Museum Vest + Pants pattern and I made a size 4 for Liam (who just turned 4 yesterday!).  Liam is tall and skinny and the fit was perfect.  It looks great on him now, but there is room for him to grow and keep wearing it all year.


Picking fabric for a boy is tough!  I wanted something unique, without being too wild.   I ended up using Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim for the vest front, along with a green plaid shirting fabric for the lining and back.


The pants are a green fine wale corduroy from Michael Levine Fabrics.


The pattern is very easy to follow and I love all the details, like welt pockets on vest and pants, faux fly, side pockets and belt loops.


I have made many, many welt pockets (though it’s probably been 10 years!) and I found the Oliver + S technique to be the easiest I have ever done.  Don’t let them scare you.  Once you make your first welt pocket, you’ll be a pro!


The cute belt on the back of the vest.


I love the bias tape binding along the edge of the pant’s facing.  The great thing is that you can do all the beautiful details, or you can choose to make the garments simpler and quicker and just stick to the basics.


The only thing I (accidentally) changed was adding a facing to the side pockets.  The pockets were supposed to be cut from the corduroy, but I didn’t realize that until I had sewn them in.  I just added a corduroy facing, so the plaid wouldn’t show.


Little man was very excited about his new outfit and wanted to wear it all day.  It was 100 degrees out, so he will have to wait until Thanksgiving!


Please check out Oliver + S for their new patterns and Sew Mama Sew for their features on each one.  Also, be sure to stop by the other bloggers in the challenge, so you can see what they made:

Becky – Patchwork Posse

Beth – 110 Creations

Vanessa – Punkin Patterns

Mary – Mary on Lake Pulaski

Christina – The DIY Mommy


Have a great weekend!

36 thoughts on “Oliver + S Art Museum Vest + Pants Pattern

  1. I so remember the days of sewing for our sons. Such fun. I’m glad to see better patterns are being offered!! Now, it’s G.Grands and they’re girls!!! A major shift in gears is needed!! LOL! Great post!!!

  2. What a lucky guy … he looks adorable and, seriously, that outfit is so much nicer than anything from a store! We’ve been looking at old photos because my granddaughter is doing a school project on genealogy. Most of my clothes growing up were sewn by my mom and they’re beautiful. It’s wonderful that you can do this … nice job!

  3. LOVE those pants! I am always very hesitant when it comes to boys patterns, as I have been caught out too many times with garments that look great, but the patterns are terrible!! I’m so glad that you tested these first!

  4. Adorable! – Great tailoring! I used to sew for my little guys. I used to work for JoAnn Fabrics and did much garment sewing for the store and customers. Now I make quilts! You are bringing back some good memories and I am so happy to see garment sewing isn’t passe today!

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