One Yard Wonder

Before I get into my entry for the Pattern Review One Yard Wonder contest, allow me to introduce my son: the closer of all open doors, non vegetable eater and giver of the sweetest kisses, Jr. Jr.

Jr. Jr. aka Big Man

I am always up for a sewing challenge. The One Yard Wonder was logical because I had plans to make something for my son for the winter. I decided on M6873 from McCall’s because I liked the faux welts on the vest and the cuffs on the pants. I also made the bowtie from Simplicity 1206 (not reviewed) with some scraps.


While helping my mother clean out her sewing room a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this nice grey suiting. It was only one yard, so I knew right away I would sew something for one of the kids.

Pattern Description:  M6873 Infants’ Vest, Shirts, Shorts, Pants, Tie and Pocket Square

Pattern Sizing: I cut the size M for views A, E and G

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was drawn to this pattern because I like the faux welts and the cuffs in the pants. I didn’t like that I had to alter the pants by 3 inches in the inseam because the crotch area sagged horribly. I understand the need for diaper space, but my poor pants looked like baby harems. Yikes!

Fabric Used: Wool blend suiting and black lining fabric, satin for bow tie and pocket square

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I would sew it again and I would recommend to others.

Conclusion: I’m glad I sewed this in a Medium because now I know that a Medium is the smallest size vest I can make without having issues sewing the sides together. I’m also impressed that I was able to sew up this entire outfit with less than one yard!

This was really fun to make. I look forward to sewing another one soon, as my son has a growing belly. Kids grow so fast, but I know this outfit will be passed down to at least two more boys.

I also created a casual look by rolling up his sleeves and pairing his vest with jeans and Jordans.

Just a few more pictures. Can I take a moment and give a huge shout out to photographers that photograph children? They are the real MVPs. My son was not difficult to photograph, but he kept watching the cars passing by.

If you are a member of Pattern Review and you like my project, I would appreciate your vote.

This will be my last post for 2016. Thanks for stopping by. I have some cool projects lined up for 2017. Is there anything you want to see on the blog? Comment below or shoot me an email. Thanks and Happy New Year!








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Kaye Williams

I am DIY blogger for serial hobbyist. I cook and bake better than I sew, but I'm working on that.

14 thoughts on “One Yard Wonder”

  1. I saw your review on PR and had to come over! I really admire you for putting all the work into this and I’m glad that it will be passed on! It’s so great to see little people in things you’ve made! I love the little kerchief in the pocket too! How cute!


  2. As incredibly impressed as I am by your creation, it is your little guy that I ooh’d & aww’d over. He is so adorable and I love the pictures of him in the vest and jeans!! you did a fantastic job!!!


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