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August 27, 2008

Can we re-fashion it? Yes we can.

Here is yesterday's project: a boy-sized visibility vest.

Its part Bob-the-Builder; part sophisticated Boy Tracking Device. I was inspired by a canny, op-shopping friend, who picked up a similar vest for a song, then altered it for her 3 year-old. You can see her little boy anywhere at the park in those reflective strips. Genius.

For this re-fashion I cut a new shape from an adult vest, added a bias binding trim and a new Velcro closure. A second Find-Me-At-The-Park vest is underway, so that the boys will have one each. They will be very handy, as during playground visits Argy is prone to ensconcing himself in dense shrubbery and Bargy is a good, old-fashioned bolter.

Which makes me think: attaching a long piece of retractable elastic to each vest probably wouldn't go astray.

11 comments:

  1. Sensational idea! The elastic made me laugh though. Kids flying from the shrubbery to mum!

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  2. very nifty idea any mother of a 'spirited' child would definately appreciate ;)
    We actually have a pint sized vest already, after attending an event at the powerhouse muesum called "Zoe's House" my son walked away with one of the props (insert red face here) a cute child sized reflective vest....didnt notice till we travelled the two hours home...oops

    I much prefer your idea than my sons hahahaaa

    Note: he was only 2 at the time hahahaaha

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  3. You could make some matching reflective pants too, with reflective cuffs!! When I was a kid I would have *loved* reflective clothes.

    I'm having visions of a park at night, with the Wiggles pumped on the stereo, little kiddie ravers everywhere in their toddler sized reflective phat pants... ahahaha awesome!

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  4. ooh..reflective. How brilliant. Both of my kids could have used those when they were little!

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  5. I love it - kid cool and useful. Maybe a fishing reel for attachment could be a good option and then you could reel them in at the end of play

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  6. So cute, and a great idea. Maybe you could stitch bells onto it to so you have a sound and vision vest.

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  7. that is so cool and so funny! hey - tell them anything's bob the builder certified and they're into it, right?!

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  8. How adorable. I bet the boys love wearing them too. I've got a young runner on my hands who could use a visibility vest too!

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  9. This is such a good idea - hope all mums dont copy or you will have to put them back in plain clothes LOL

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  10. Gorgeous and practical - quite seriously perhaps another idea for your etsy shop? Let us know so we can start rolling workmen for their vests!

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