Trailblazer Vest - Men
Digital Pattern + Video Class

Trailblazer Vest - Men
Digital Pattern + Video Class

$14.00 USD
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Trailblazer Vests are made for crisp mornings and ambitious endeavours.  Zip up, slip hands in deep pockets and be ready for whatever outdoor adventures may come along.

Featuring curved seams and a back yoke for a great fit and professional-looking finish, a full zip front, and cosy in-seam pockets.

Skill Level: Adventurous beginner - Intermediate

Video Class for sewing the Trailblazer Vest sewing pattern by Twig + Tale

Video Support: A full course of clear, concise videos accompany this pattern, alongside a comprehensive written and photographed instruction booklet.

Sizing + Supplies

The Men's Trailblazer Vest comes in sizes to fit a 32"-60" (81.3cm - 152.4cm) chest measurement.

View size chart + materials list 

View all Trailblazer Vest patterns and Add-ons here

Make old things new again! Twig & Tale patterns pair wonderfully with up-cycled fabrics. Look to vintage wool coats, gently used corduroy/wool trousers and sleeping bags.

Views + Add-ons

Men's Trailblazer Vest sewing pattern by Twig + Tale

  • Collar
  • Zipper closure (with snap or button alternative)
  • In-seam pockets
  • Curved dropped back - keep those kidneys warm
  • Optional wind flap for extra warmth and style


Pair with the Fishing add-on to create an outdoorsman's dream vest!

In testing, our adventurous beginner level sewers managed this garment well using the instructions and videos provided.  If you are new to zips this is a GREAT pattern to learn with. You can do it!  We also have an active and friendly chat group where you can ask questions anytime you need.

Bonus Resources
Printing Info

This is a PDF pattern and includes three printing options:

  1. US Letter/A4 - tiled and designed to print on your home printer
  2. Copyshop - A0 wide-format file (33.1″ x 46.8″) 
  3. Projector - specially-formatted and optimized for home projector use.  Read more about using our projector files here 

All pattern printing formats include “layers”, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need, or all of the sizes. A comprehensive sewing instruction tutorial is supplied.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 76 reviews
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Mark Pearce (Southampton, GB)
Great versatile pattern.

I was asked by my sister to make an emergency fishermans style vest for one of her son's. It was not something that I had done before, I have only been sewing for a year, but I found this pattern and thought I would give it a go. I found it really easy to follow the instructions and it was very flexible as to how I could make the vest look. I was pleased with how it came out in the end, and my nephew was very pleased with it. I had a bit of an issue with my zip, which I corrected after I had taken a photo and then forgot to take another photo of it.......

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Maxine Groobey (General Toshevo, BG)
Easy and fabulous!

I was really surprised at how easy this Trailblazer Vest was to make. It made up fast, instructions were easy to follow and the pattern pieces fit together very well. I already have another planned with the add-ons for a spring/ summer version.

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Shiloh Greenwood

I've had this pattern since it was published, and have loved it since. It's one of the few vests I love.

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Patricia Noble (Manchester, GB)
Excellent vest pattern

I bought this pattern back in August and have been waiting on my husband choosing which material he wanted. He finally choose a burgundy corduroy and I needed to lengthen it by two inches as he is very long in the body. The instructions were excellent and the vest was so easy to sew. He is very happy with the vest and I thoroughly enjoyed sewing it. The side pockets sit beautifully and you cannot see the pocket lining. All in all an excellent pattern

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Linnéa Irwin (Östersund, SE)
Great for chilly days

I made the Trailblazer with the Nestledown add on to use while carrying my youngest one in a sling. It was my absolute favourite make of last year, I used it so much! And this year I'm using the Trailblazer as it is, perfect for them chilly days when you just need a little extra on top.

A
Allison Miller (Edmonton, CA)
Thumbs up!

This has been a great pattern to work with. My hubby is a little hard to fit through the shoulders but adjusting this to suit our needs has been easy! We also both love the baby wearing add on for those colder months

C
Carol Marsh (Sheffield, GB)
Men's trailblazer

Loved this pattern, my husband wanted a tweed Gillet and after seeing the price in a shop I suggested I make him one. The pattern was perfect, the instructions very clear and easy to follow. The tip on lining up the zip with the collar seam was brilliant and really helped. I always struggle with zips but got this spot on first time.
My husband loves it and has had some very complimentary comments when wearing it. Now considering making myself the womens version.

C
Caitlin Bruner (Wichita, US)
15/5 Stars, Highly Recommend, will make (TONS) more!!!

I used this pattern with the fisherman's add-on to make my son a paleontology vest for his school's career day. I only had a few days to make it and did just that - even while battling the stomach virus given to me by said son (Lol!). The instructions are extremely well-written, easy to follow, and the layout makes it easy to follow along (even when you're ill lol). Typically, I struggle with e-reading and following video tutorials; but, I didn't with these.

I had so much FUN making this! My son LOVED trying his vest on at various points in the process! He now rarely takes his vest off - I'm considerably lucky to even be able to WASH it.

I love the flexibility in T&T patterns where style or "extras" are concerned (i.e. pockets, necklines, etc). I also love the suggested ways to "up-cycle" current items for use in T&T patterns.

How many times did I use the word "love?" Repetition is bad for college papers, great for T&T reviews!!

I've since purchased the adult pattern and fisherman's add-on for myself. I can't wait to make more of these!!

J
Jennifer Parker (Dallas, US)
Perfect!

The instructions were so easy to follow I made the fisherman’s vest for my grandsons first birthday. I used a pair of camo hunting pants from the thrift store. This will be a yearly tradition.

L
Lindsay Bergermann (Humboldt, CA)
Great Pattern!

Loved this pattern! Easy to follow. On my second one, it’s the fisherman’s add on:)

Customer Reviews

Based on 76 reviews
99%
(75)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
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(0)
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M
Mark Pearce (Southampton, GB)
Great versatile pattern.

I was asked by my sister to make an emergency fishermans style vest for one of her son's. It was not something that I had done before, I have only been sewing for a year, but I found this pattern and thought I would give it a go. I found it really easy to follow the instructions and it was very flexible as to how I could make the vest look. I was pleased with how it came out in the end, and my nephew was very pleased with it. I had a bit of an issue with my zip, which I corrected after I had taken a photo and then forgot to take another photo of it.......

M
Maxine Groobey (General Toshevo, BG)
Easy and fabulous!

I was really surprised at how easy this Trailblazer Vest was to make. It made up fast, instructions were easy to follow and the pattern pieces fit together very well. I already have another planned with the add-ons for a spring/ summer version.

S
Shiloh Greenwood

I've had this pattern since it was published, and have loved it since. It's one of the few vests I love.

P
Patricia Noble (Manchester, GB)
Excellent vest pattern

I bought this pattern back in August and have been waiting on my husband choosing which material he wanted. He finally choose a burgundy corduroy and I needed to lengthen it by two inches as he is very long in the body. The instructions were excellent and the vest was so easy to sew. He is very happy with the vest and I thoroughly enjoyed sewing it. The side pockets sit beautifully and you cannot see the pocket lining. All in all an excellent pattern

L
Linnéa Irwin (Östersund, SE)
Great for chilly days

I made the Trailblazer with the Nestledown add on to use while carrying my youngest one in a sling. It was my absolute favourite make of last year, I used it so much! And this year I'm using the Trailblazer as it is, perfect for them chilly days when you just need a little extra on top.

A
Allison Miller (Edmonton, CA)
Thumbs up!

This has been a great pattern to work with. My hubby is a little hard to fit through the shoulders but adjusting this to suit our needs has been easy! We also both love the baby wearing add on for those colder months

C
Carol Marsh (Sheffield, GB)
Men's trailblazer

Loved this pattern, my husband wanted a tweed Gillet and after seeing the price in a shop I suggested I make him one. The pattern was perfect, the instructions very clear and easy to follow. The tip on lining up the zip with the collar seam was brilliant and really helped. I always struggle with zips but got this spot on first time.
My husband loves it and has had some very complimentary comments when wearing it. Now considering making myself the womens version.

C
Caitlin Bruner (Wichita, US)
15/5 Stars, Highly Recommend, will make (TONS) more!!!

I used this pattern with the fisherman's add-on to make my son a paleontology vest for his school's career day. I only had a few days to make it and did just that - even while battling the stomach virus given to me by said son (Lol!). The instructions are extremely well-written, easy to follow, and the layout makes it easy to follow along (even when you're ill lol). Typically, I struggle with e-reading and following video tutorials; but, I didn't with these.

I had so much FUN making this! My son LOVED trying his vest on at various points in the process! He now rarely takes his vest off - I'm considerably lucky to even be able to WASH it.

I love the flexibility in T&T patterns where style or "extras" are concerned (i.e. pockets, necklines, etc). I also love the suggested ways to "up-cycle" current items for use in T&T patterns.

How many times did I use the word "love?" Repetition is bad for college papers, great for T&T reviews!!

I've since purchased the adult pattern and fisherman's add-on for myself. I can't wait to make more of these!!

J
Jennifer Parker (Dallas, US)
Perfect!

The instructions were so easy to follow I made the fisherman’s vest for my grandsons first birthday. I used a pair of camo hunting pants from the thrift store. This will be a yearly tradition.

L
Lindsay Bergermann (Humboldt, CA)
Great Pattern!

Loved this pattern! Easy to follow. On my second one, it’s the fisherman’s add on:)