Use a T-shirt that fits your child well as a template.
Fold the T-shirt lengthwise, and trace the half shirt on a piece of paper.
The waistcoat should be fairly short, almost like a bolero. Add a 4 cm seam allowance at the bottom and a 1 cm seam allowance at the neckline and arm openings when tracing the pattern.
Place the pattern pieces on a piece of folded fabric with the straight line facing the fold. Trace and cut out to make the back piece in a single piece of fabric.
Place the pattern pieces on folded fabric again, but away from the fold this time. Add a 4 cm seam allowance to the front centre and cut out, so that you have two front pieces.
Place the front pieces on the back piece, right side facing right side, and sew the pieces together at the shoulders and sides with a 1 cm seam allowance.
Fold in 1 cm around the neckline and arm openings and sew a hem.
Fold in 4 cm at the lower edge and front centre, and sew a hem.
Sew a piece of velvet ribbon at the top of both pieces so that you can tie the waistcoat closed with a nice bow.
Follow these simple steps to make an adorable, cosy waistcoat for your child! By using a shirt that you already have as a template, it’s easy to get the right size. Faux fur fabric is perfect if your child wants to dress up as a wolf, lamb, or some other fuzzy animal for Halloween or a masquerade.